Fearful expectation of Doom

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Could it be that the Chicken Little, sky is falling, Doom and gloom pessimism with climate change global warming ozone layer overpopulation fear-mongering stories Y2K that we've heard are all symptoms of what happens when people lack God in their lives?

The apostle Barnabas

If Barnabas was named an apostle because of his association with Paul then so could others be named apostles by their associations with Paul or any of the other apostles -- and si-called "apostolic succession" beguns...

The Danger of Boredom

Boredom leads to sin Where boredom sets in, temptation follows. Small towns with drug and youth delinquency problems. David & Bathsheba James brother of W, desirous of a touch from God within a confining, (stimulation depriving), religious tradition. God has a long standing precedent of doing the unprecedented - for purposes known to Him. From Moses & prophets through John the Baptist to Jesus & apostles through until today -- unprecedented things that dumbfound the "experts." -- for the purpose of fending off boredom from His people?

Human governments and big lies

The case of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in the Book of Daniel describe a situation in which a government held up a monumental idol, a gigantic false god, a big lie, and compelled everyone by force of government to accept it, bowing down to it, committing themselves to live by it. This was the pattern of governments and empires throughout the ancient world, with vulnerable, little Israel being the sole exception. Israel alone, and only when truly faithful to her calling, compelled commitment to the real, true God, the God of the truth.

Many who are first shall be last

The first to benefit from the way things are now will be the last to make the personal changes necessary to benefit from the way things will be later on.

The personality traits that move a person ahead in the World hold him back in his development in the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is within you.

The things that are highly esteemed by men are an abomination to God

The Kingdom of God is within you

"The kingdom of God is within you." ~ Jesus, Luke 17:21

"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." ~ Paul, Acts 14:22

"The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." ~ Paul, Romans 14:17

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, vessels of clay.

The Kingdom of God is like a pearl of great price.

Callous Christians = Wolves-in-sheeps'-clothing

A person can fall from  being  a real Christian  to a fake Christian  while still claiming to be a christian, attending church, witnessing about Jesus, etc.  He just quietly stops being a Doer of the Word and becomes just a Hearer only, deceiving himself, an idle talker, not a true servant of Christ.

Real Christian

You cannot serve both God and Mammon

"Mammon" is material "success" personified, the idol god of wordly "success," the worldly man's natural approach to fame and fortune, the love of Money. Jesus was offered a choice between serving God or Mammon when He was tempted by Satan who offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him, committing to serve him, that is, to serve Mammon. Satan is Mammon, serving Mammon is Satanism. Greed is idolatry, idolatry is demon worship, the love of Money is the root of all kinds of evil.

Government, Deep Government, Secret Police, Angels

There is much more to government than meets the eye. There is so much more behind the scenes, just like the production crew behind the actors in a movie, that make government function. Ultimately, they all report to Jesus, the Government Leader of Government Leaders ("King of Kings").

When a "Christian" Commits Suicide

Jesus spoke of the man who built his house on the sand:

Matthew 7:26-27
Every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
KJV

When God seems to betray you

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Though He slay me, yet will I serve Him. I will never leave you nor forsake you.

The Government of the Skies rules over the governments of the land

The Supreme Court cannot give you eternal life,

The Congress cannot extend its hand to heal you,

No President ever laid down his life for you.

No Government bureaucracy can love you like a father.

They can give you food stamps, but not the Holy Ghost.

They can give you Medicaid and Medicare, but cannot heal your broken spirit.

They can send you Social Security checks but cannot raise you from the dead.

Earthly governments have their place, a place given to them by God,

Refinance as a metaphor for Redeemed

you are released from the terms of your old house mortgage when you fulfill it by paying it off with the money obtained by binding yourself to the new terms of a new loan (personal loan, gift, credit card,etc) "I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses but to fulfill it." We are released from the terms of the Law of sin and death when we accept the new terms of the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. In Bible times a slave was essentially someone who had mortgaged his self out to someone else, not his house but his very self, his body, his labor, etc.

Abraham the sheep herder

Abraham is not remembered because he was a sheep herder but because  he was faithul to trust God. In Abraham's day, Egypt was the great world superpower. And to the Egyptians, sheep herders were regarded so lowly as to be despised, rejected from refined, advanced society. Abraham lived outside and away from cities, cities like Sodom and Gomorrah. So did Isaac. So did Jacob. Joseph and his brothers had their beginnings outside and away, as well. So did David and his Father's house..

God and Government

Romans 13 says that governments are instituted by God to reward good and punish evil. But God still defines what ' good' is and what ' evil' is. There are not different definitions of good and evil for Government as for everyone else. The New Testament defines what is good and what is evil for everyone, even for Governments. God's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

The Privileged Planet

Ben Strauss, chief operating officer and director of the Program on Sea Level Rise at Climate Central, was on The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) on July 3, 2012 and made the following very interesting remark at the 11:27:15 mark in the transcript:

Biblical Churches

For centuries Christian congregations have focused much resources, (Christian man-hours in its various forms), upon church buildings. But the New Testament never mentions the need for church buildings. (It does not say that church buildings are wrong, either. It just neglects to mention them.) Its as if church buildings were not on the list of New Testament priorities. The New Testament does, however, describe Christians as meeting in their personal homes or in public places, (such as open fields, beach, or the temple courtyard - akin to a town square).

Study for God's approval

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

One message to pull from this is, "Study for God's approval."

You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

They resort to coercion because they lack credibility.
They lack credibility because they have no fruit of the Spirit.
They have no fruit of the Spirit because they do not obey correct doctrine.


Women Silent in Church

Someone always suffers whenever New Testament instructions are deviated from. Many problems in church meetings are a direct result of allowing culture to seduce the Church into ignoring the following instructions regarding conduct within the mixed gender Christian learning environment:

The Contact Point with God

The contact point between God and man is not:

  • Cathedrals
  • Statues
  • the Pastor
  • relics

The contact point between God and man is the Word of God, specifically, obedience to the Word of God.

Give us our daily bread ration

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Give us this day our daily bread - Jesus taught us to ask for the bare, essential minimum, (just what you need to survive today, food) of the lowest cost variety, (bread).

 

 

Luke 11:1-4 (also Matthew 6:9-13)
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

Pray for all the Saints

 

We are probably all familiar with the passage that tells us to put on the whole armor of God. The Apostle Paul adds something on to the end, though, that I’d like to remind us about:

The Heavenly Jerusalem is ...

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the Church

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the New Testament

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of Christ

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the Heavenly Man, (the Heavenly Adam)

The Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of King Jesus

Visions: Matter, Spirit & Love

Long ago, (maybe around 1980), in a city far away (somewhere in Southern California), I knew not God.
I had a dream
A dream of a book, very old,
so old the wrinkled parchment pages could not be touched
without causing them to turn to indecypherable fragments.
It was as if Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a CAT scan, was used to read it,
to read its strange and foreign handwritten letters.
When the first page was read,
the focus was set to read the next,
without turning, or even touching, a page.

What Jesus said about Divorce-Remarriage & Adultery

 
 
 
BIBLE SKILLS: Use the clear passages to understand the less clear ones:
The clear verses: there is no argument about what these next two passages mean:

Mark 10:11-12 (apostolicbible.com) 

 

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moichátai) against her.
And
if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery (moichátai)."


      

 Luke 16:18 (apostolicbible.com)

 

 
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (moicheuei);
and
whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery (moicheuei)."

The clear passages: there is no argument about what these above two passages mean:

Sexual relationships outside of that lawful, first marriage are adultery
because God considers that first couple to still be joined as man&wife:

Man cannot change the fact that God has joined together that first-wife/first-husband as one flesh.
(Nor can these passages be divorced from their contexts, Mark 10:2-10 & Matthew 19:3-10).

 
 
 
BIBLE SKILLS: Use the clear passages to understand the less clear ones:
 
Since its rise in the 1500’s, Western Protestantism has not been willing to agree on the passages below.  The cause of so much of the argument is the phrase, “except for sexual immorality (porneia).”  For both of these passages, the underlying Greek for the term “sexual immorality” is “porneia” and is often translated, “fornication.”  This is different from “commit adultery” which is “moichátai.”  

Matthew 19:9 (apostolicbible.com)

"Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality (porneia), and marries another, commits adultery (moichátai);
and
whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery (moichátai)."

Jesus is NOT saying in Matthew 19:9a, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for committing adultery (porneia), and marries another, commits adultery (moichátai).”
Jesus employs different words. 

porneia = unlawful sexual relationship: sexual relationship with someone who is not lawfully married to you = fornication.
moichátai = sexual relationship with someone who is lawfully married to someone else = commmit adultery.

 

The rest of the Word of God also uses these same two words in the same passages, even in lists of sins, showing that the two mean different things.

 
 
 

Matthew 5:32 (apostolicbible.com)

"Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichásthai);
and
whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery (moichátai)."

NOR is Jesus saying in Matthew 5:32a, “Whoever divorces his wife for any reason except for committing adultery (porneias) causes her to commit adultery (moichátai).”  That would make Jesus to say something inane since it goes without saying that she has already committed adultery aside from her husband.


1 Timothy 6:3-4 NKJV
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words” 

Scriptures cited from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

















The cross as symbol of losers

A cross has come to mean different things to different people these days, virtually always associated with Jesus and His followers, Christians. But what did a cross represent at the time that Jesus carried it? Was it not associated with the worst kind of criminals, the condemned, those consigned to die for their wrongs against society? When Jesus carried the cross, it was society's strongest rejection of a man. To carry a cross was to carry condemnation, to be the object of justified ridicule and righteous scorn, for the courts of God-ordained govenrment have marked the person for destruction, so great is his offense. A cross was reserved for the worst losers, so unfit for the rest of society as to be justly defrocked of the right to live anymore.

A popular song cries, "I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me?" Message understood on a gut level.

Luke 9:23-24
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 14:27
"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
NIV
 

[See also: Matthew 10:38, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27]


Jesus said these things in a day and age when "the cross" meant something different than what comes to mind today.  When this was first spoken, a cross was the symbol of a capitol criminal, a man condemned by society and government to the worst punishment they could deliver. The cross was society's official rejection, government-sanctioned condemnation, that was reserved for society's ultimate losers, the most powerful expression of society's disapproval of an individual.

Before Christ's own crucifixion, the cross represented capitol punishment, society's sentence that the person was not fit to live any longer.  When Jesus spoke this, the cross meant the electric chair, death penalty by lethal injection, firing squad, or hangman's noose or guillotine, or worse, it was a public spectacle akin to being drawn & quartered or being burned alive in public view.  All of this with the sanction of goverment for the protection of good society.

So, if carrying a cross meant all those things to everyone in the time of Christ, what did Jesus mean when He said, "Unless you take up your cross and follow Me, you are unfit to be my disciple"?

I am still extracting meaning from it for myself, but one thing I do get from it now is that Christ anticipated that it would be a normal part of the Christian experience to be the object of society's rejection & ridicule, scorn & even government-sanctioned punishment "for the protection of good society."

Proverbs 29:27
The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.
NIV
 

Matthew 10:34-39
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

"'a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
NIV


 

Another thing to add to this is that Jesus teaches us to make decisions in ways that are different than the way the world makes decisions.  All of New Testament commands are toward the purpose of building up love & holiness whereas the world makes its decisions based upon building up money & fame.  "You cannot serve both God and money," Jesus taught.  There is a good deal of things that we do for God that interfere with accumulating money, and there are a good deal of things we do for holiness that interfere with building up fame for ouselves.  So, not only are the wicked already looking for reasons to put us down, (as outlined above), but we Christians are following a way of life that neglects those things that they respect.  How can you have much to show for yourself if you "give to everyone who asks and from him who wants to borrow do not turn away"?  How can you command much respect if you let yourself be taken advantage of and then just turn the other cheek?  Or quit a job or business deal because of unethical details?

So if there are times when you why at times you have little to show beyond your daily bread, meditate on these things and consider: you may just be on track as a disciple of the Lord.  "Take up your cross and follow Me."

"Taking up your cross" can represent "associate yourself with losing in the sight of men" in order to win in the sight of God.

1 Peter 2:4-5
As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
NIV
 

The New Covenant = Jerusalem from above = the heavenly Jerusalem = the new Jerusalem = the Bride

 

The New Covenant = the Jerusalem from above

Galatians 4:21-31 & Galatians 5:1-3
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
KJV

The Jerusalem from above = The heavenly Jerusalem

Hebrews 12:18-29
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
KJV

The heavenly Jerusalem = The new Jerusalem = The Bride of Christ

Revelation 21:1-4
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Revelation 22
1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
KJV

 

"This heavenly Jerusalem is the Church, that is to say the number of all believers throughout the world, having one and the same Gospel, one and the same faith in Christ, one and the same Holy Ghost, and the same sacraments." ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (verse 4:26)

Your Born-again experience: the birth of your spiritual body

When you are born again from God our heavenly Father, you are not born again physically into another mortal-natural body.  No, a new body in which your soul learns to dwell is born within you:  what is brought into being within you is your new, immortal-spiritual body that lasts forever.

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~Spirit-guided Paul

"if a person is trying to behave like the first-century Holy Spirit guided apostles; we need to call out such people."

I was surprised when I read this statement expressed a couple of years ago.  The truth is, however, we are all, each & every Christian of all centuries, called out by the Word of God to behave like the first-century, Holy Spirit-guided apostles.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." ~ Paul
NIV

1 Corinthians 11:1
"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~ Paul 
NKJV

 

This is Scripture enough to justify anybody, anywhere imitating the example of the Apostle Paul:  from his miraculous calling to be an apostle of Christ (completely independent of the other 12 Apostles' direct ministry & without their ever laying hands upon him) to follow every example of Paul's way of life that followed.  Anyone who does so has the full approval of God via His everlasting Word - Jesus & the Bible.

 

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
NIV

 

From blasphemous persecutor to Apostle to the Gentiles: Paul is an example to Christians of all centuries of what Christ's mercy is ready to do to call any one of us out of darkness and into ministry - ministry like that of Paul & Jesus.  Again, it should never be forgotten that Saul of Tarsus was called to become Paul the Apostle without any direct ministry -no laying of of hands- by the other Apostles Peter, James, John, etc.  Paul was called directly by Christ - and that is a biblical example for any one of us who come later, too.   Paul was simply following the heavenly calling and everlasting example of Christ, layed down for everlasting generations of Christians to come follow:

 

John 14:10-18
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the (miraculous) works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the (miraculous) works themselves.
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the (miraculous) works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
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Jesus never said there was a time-limit on believing in Him and doing the works that Jesus did.
Jesus said the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) would abide with His followers forever. Jesus never said the Holy Spirit would ever be taken away from the Christian Community of Believers.
If the Holy Spirit is not in a man today, that man is not saved. Such a man is not a Christian, he is not a child of God.  And if the Holy Spirit dwells in a man, that man is being called upon to be led by the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) and thereby become a son of God (like Christ).

 

Romans 8:9-14
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
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Matthew 28:18-20 
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
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Jesus commanded His eleven remaining disciples to "teach others to observe all things that He commanded" them to do.  This very commandment was also among those things that those eleven discples were to pass on.  Those that were so discipled by the eleven would, in turn, be so charged to t"each others to observe all things He commanded them (the original eleven)" and so on, all the way down to us and the countless generations to come.  There is no getting around it:  All generations of Christians are commanded to obey all things Jesus taught that first group of eleven disciples.  Jesus taught them to be led by the Holy Spirit who abides forever.  And we must follow their example. 

 

Matthew 10:40 & Mark 9:37 & John 13:20
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
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John 3:34
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God
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1 John 4:6
We are of God. He who knows God hears us
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And this is love, that we walk after Christ's commandments ~2 John 6

The Heavens

From Young's Literal Translation it is easy to see that "the heavens" = "the skies," where birds fly and on upward

The Pearl

Matthew 13:45-46 (www.apostolicbible.com)

Jesus goes on to liken the Kingdom of the Heavens to a man who is obsessed with finding the ultimate treasure: for him, it is the ultimate pearl.

The Kingdom of the Heavens

Let us consider some the verses specifically mentioning "the Kingdom of Heaven," or more accurate to the original Bible languages: "The Kingdom of the Heavens." (More on the original wording may be found at: The Empire of the Skies).

Poem: Love Never Fails

Love never fails to extend a hand,
                              endure a wrong,
                              feel another’s pain,

The Law of Christ

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. 
 

The Gospel for the third millennium

The Gospel for the third thousand years of Christianity is the same as for the first two thousand years. Like every cultural group, our generation must be presented Christ's message in terms we can understand, fitting the context of our time & place in God's Creation. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, wrote, "I have become all things to all men that by all means I might win some." In essence, part of what I am really doing here is presenting the ages-old Gospel to the 21st Century generation - by simply returning to the eternal foundation of its time-defying original terms.  Its my earnest hope that you find within these pages enough creative power to stretch your mind, limbering it up and breaking it free from the confines of dry, broken, old cisterns of dusty traditions and form within you a fresh, new spring of life, the wonder of eternally new, everlasting life, (John 7:37-39 & Revelation 7:17).  We can learn to marvel again, as a little child, (Luke 18:14-17), and make room in our hearts to learn again from God's inexhaustable & living Word, Jesus Christ Himself, (John 1:1 & John 1:14).  Let us celebrate together 20 centuries of Christ's power and the dawning of Christianity's third millennium among men.

1 Corinthians 8:2
And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out, investigate, and discover a matter.

Revelation 1:6
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. NKJV

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. 21 May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ. TLB

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
As it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
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And this is love, that we keep Christ's commandments ~ 2 John 6

 

The Empire of the Skies

The Star Child
"Why should star-struck magi (wise men, sages, scientists) be among the first to welcome the Son of God from the Heavens?
 
Matthew 2:1-3 and&nb

There is No "Glass Ceiling" Blocking Mankind

What I see in the account at the Tower of Babel was certain key phrases such as:

Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

You are the Light of the Cosmos

I think we are all familiar with Christ's, (God's Chosen Person's), words at the Sermon on the Mount to those who take His words seriously:
 
 
Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world (kosmos #2889)."
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But have you ever thought of doing your own homework here and looking at the underlying Greek for yourself?

Soul for souls, Body for bodies, Sin-Offering for sinners

 
A MEDITATION
Do you believe that the physical death of Christ is the payment for the penalty of our sin?
When eating the Supper of the Lord we should remember that:
Jesus offered His blood on the Cross and His body of flesh to God as a sin-offering on our behalf.
The Son of God's blood/soul was offered for the redemption/resurrection of our souls.
The Son of God's flesh/body was offered for the redemption/resurrection of our bodies.
 
Soul for soul, Blood for blood, Flesh for flesh, Body for body

Inner-Man & Outer-Man: the 2 Parts of Resurrection

IF "resurrection" is the answer to "death," 
 
THEN we might gain some insight into the meaning of "resurrection" by reviewing some facts about "death." 
 
FACT:  God warned Adam that he would "die" the "day" he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.  "Day" had already been defined in this context by saying "there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day," etc., (Gen 1:31), the period between "evening&mornings" in which Adam was made.  Since God cannot lie, (Heb 6:18), Adam "died" that very day, (no poetic or prophetic or figurative license taken).&n