Friday, December 27, 2013

Good works

What works are acceptable to God?  

In Galatians 6:10 Paul says, “Let us do good unto all men…” (working in a soup kitchen, for example).  I have a hard time understanding what good it does to help someone by basically polishing the banisters on the sinking Titanic – i.e., helping someone have a more comfortable ride to hell.  Or, is the good in keeping them alive long enough to hear the gospel?

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

That type of good work is not good [i.e., meeting physical needs only]. 

Mark 8:36
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

That is where charities miss it.  Look at their names:  Salvation Army; Red Cross; Goodwill.  The original intent of a charity was to take Christian love and show Christ to others, and to also choose to give them the gospel.  I’ll use the example of when I was back in Chicago:  I was learning the grace of God and I always kept tracts with me.  I was outside the White Castle on 71st and there were some guys sitting out there asking for money to buy a sandwich; but I knew they wanted to get something [alcohol] to drink.  I went and bought sandwiches and pop and I sat down and told them, “I could give you this food that would help you today, but I know you really wanted me to give you money so you could go get some Wild Irish Rose.  I’ll give you this food, but I’ll also give you this tract because what you need is beyond the physical.  You also need the spiritual [food].”

1 Corinthians 10:3-4
and did all eat the same spiritual meat;  and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

That’s what charities used to do.  Now, our government takes care of [poor] people’s needs; but in Paul’s day the Roman Empire didn’t take care of people.  It was up to the saints to not only take care of one another in the body of Christ first, but if there was a person who was outside of the faith, a lost person who desired food or drink, they were supposed to, out of their love for Christ and if they could, they were to minister food and drink to that person.

Romans 12:20
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

People are more inclined to hear what you have to say about Christ if you feed them.  Charities used to be about fulfilling a need for someone as a Christian.  When they gave the people food they would tell them it was because of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they would tell them about him and give them the gospel.

I have issue with the social gospel of so-called Christians who go out and feed the poor and the needy, but they don’t try to evangelize.  What’s the sense then?  Should you just make them more comfortable on their way to hell?  No!  Use the power God gave us; we can minister to them, not only in food and clothing, but with the gospel!  That’s what you do.

So you’re right.  The purpose of soup kitchens used to be Christian organizations sharing the gospel, but they’ve left that now and have made it a social thing.  It has been secularized so as not to offend.  Offend how?  You’re loving them by telling them they’re going to hell!

2 Corinthians 5:20
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.

You’re being gracious by giving them food, drink and clothing.  That is good will.  Think about Good Will.  That is what good will is. And it’s about your motivation.

1 Corinthians 13:3
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

God never intended saints to deal with the lost and not share Christ.  A church near us had a thing on Halloween and invited the community to a safe place for children to come and have some candy and a party.  A big expensive shindig.  I went there and I waited for someone to hand me a tract.  They didn’t say anything about the Lord; they didn’t give out tracts; nothing.  I was disappointed.  They gave out all that stuff and they could have at least handed out tracts.  If we had the money to do that and we wanted to do something like that, believe me, we would give out tracts and share the Lord.  They didn’t do that.  It was kind of sad because here was a church that claimed to be Christian but they weren’t even talking about the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


Transcribed from a Q&A session:  What Works are Acceptable to God?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

No prophecy going on here

Second Thessalonians is written by our Apostle Paul to explain to us as members of the church, the body of Christ living in the dispensation of grace about a time period after we are raptured out of here.  He is not fulfilling prophecy today because he is dealing with the dispensation of the mystery. 

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Colossians 1:25
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Because God is on a time schedule with mankind, we are heading toward the last days of Israel’s program.  But, before we can get to their last days, we have to get to our last days of grace.  So the stage is being set.  Before God fulfills any prophecy, he will rapture the body of Christ out. 

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJB
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJB
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

He has to finish with our program before he can begin again with their program.

Romans 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The world is being prepared for the last days, but God is not fulfilling those things today.   We are in the dispensation of grace. God is offering grace and peace to Jew and gentile, alike. 

Transcribed excerpt from audio file: “09 2 Thess Ch1.mp3

Saturday, December 14, 2013

All things are to be considered

Themes of books of the bible
When you study a book of the bible, it’s critical to know the theme of the book.   For example, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John present the Lord Jesus Christ to the nation of Israel in four different ways:

Matthew        King
Mark             Suffering Servant
Luke              Magnificent Man
John              Jehovah God

In each of those books, that is how he is portrayed; and every verse of those books will portray him in that manner.  In the book of Mark, you have the Lord Jesus as he is telling his apostles about the future of the prophetic program…

Mark 13:32
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

There are a lot of questions about if Jesus is God, why would he say neither the Son knoweth?  He only says that in the book of Mark, because the book of Mark shows him as the Suffering Servant.   And, in the bible, a servant knoweth not what his lord doeth.

John 15:15
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

When he quotes that same passage in the book of Matthew, he never says neither the Son.   So, the reason he uses neither the Son in the book of Mark is because that is the theme of Mark.  Every book is that way.

Transcribed excerpt from audio file: “09 2 Thess Ch1.mp3

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The grace of Christ

Galatians 1:6
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Quick Bible Overview!

God has a plan, a program, to re-establish his authority--not only on earth through Israel,
 but in the heavenlies through Paul and us who believe. 

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Does God Want Your Religion or Your Faith In Christ?

The cross of Christ is the issue today, not religion.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Outline of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews explains what Christ’s death at Calvary meant for the Hebrew people; that is why there is so much focus on the blood of Christ.

Hebrews 13:20-21
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


In Chapter 1, Messiah is greater than the angels.

Hebrews 1:4-6
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

In Chapter 2. he is the Son of man, the Son of Abraham – the Hebrew Messiah.

Hebrews 2:6-7, 16-17
But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

In Chapter 3, Christ Jesus is greater than Moses.

Hebrews 3:1-4
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Chapter 4 encourages godly fear and hard work to enter into the Kingdom.  Don’t reject the Word; but by faith enter into his rest.

Hebrews 4:1-2, 7, 11
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Chapters 5-7 talk about the new priesthood after the order of Melchisedec, which is not the Levitical priesthood that ended with death.  This is one that is new and fresh and lives forever.

Hebrews 5:6, 10
As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec

Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:3, 8, 11, 23-25
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually

And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 

If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 

And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Chapters 8-10 talk about the New Covenant in his blood.

Hebrews 8:6
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 9:15, 25-26
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 

Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 10:10, 12
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Chapters 11-13 are all about enduring suffering.

Hebrews 11:25-26, 35b-38a
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward…

…and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:)…

Hebrews 12:2, 5, 11
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Hebrews 13:3, 6
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Click here to listen to exerpt:  Outline of Hebrews

Click here to listen to the full message:  03.20.2013 Hebrews Part 53

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Word of Truth

Below is a transcribed excerpt from a message showing how precise God has been in perfectly preserving His Word to say what it means and mean what it says...

Watch how Paul defined the word of truth that he preached:  “The gospel (the good news) of your salvation.”

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

James has a “good news” of salvation called the word of truth for Israel. 

James 1:18
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we [little flock of Jewish Kingdom saints] should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Paul has a “good news” of salvation for the gentiles in the dispensation of grace called “the gospel of the grace of God.”

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

There are two "words of truth" that are “good news” for two groups of people.  That is why Paul says to rightly divide the word of truth. 

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.

All of God’s word is the word of truth.  There is prophecy truth and mystery truth.

2 Peter 1:19
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Ephesians 3:9
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

You have to rightly divide the word because even in the grace dispensation there are some who take this present truth and apply it to time past and the ages to come.

Hebrews 1:1
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Ephesians 2:7
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

The issue is justification unto eternal life. 

Romans 5:18
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

They are saying that everyone from Genesis thru Revelation is justified the same way before God – by faith alone.  That is not true. 

James 2:24
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

A cursory reading of scripture before Paul and after Paul shows that it is by God’s grace.  (He is always gracious – even with the blood sacrifice with Adam and Eve was grace.) 

Genesis 3:21
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

He should have sent them to hell that moment, but he gave them an opportunity by giving them the blood offering. 

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

So they had to keep offering the blood [works].

Genesis 4:4
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Hebrews says that because of Christ’s sacrifice, there is no longer a need for an offering blood.  He did it once for all on the cross. 

Hebrews 10:10-12
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

But before that, animal sacrifices were required under the Law.

Deuteronomy 12:27
And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the Lord thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the Lord thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

If they didn’t offer the blood continually, they could be cut off. 

Numbers 9:13
But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the Lord in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.

When the bible uses “cut off” in the books about and for the prophetic program, it means that God would treat them just like a gentile who had no hope. 

Ephesians 2:12
That at that time ye [gentiles] were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

So back in time past they had God’s grace through their faith plus their works.  The only dispensation that does not include works in order to have justification unto eternal life is the dispensation of grace. 

Ephesians 3:2
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

That is why it’s called grace.  It’s grace because you don’t need to work for it. 

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.

But requiring works is not grace; it’s law.

Romans 11:6
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Galatians 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

That is important, because even among grace preachers, some believe that people have always been justified by faith alone.  That is not true.

Leviticus 4:26
And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.

You need to rightly divide the word of truth.  That is important because in the book of Acts there are some things that God is doing in his dealings with Israel, and there are things that he is writing to Israel that are in line with their works-based acceptance. 

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We today are not under that system.

Colossians 1:5-6
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospelWhich is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!
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