Thursday, March 20, 2014

What’s in a name?

Transcribed excerpt from an audio message by Bro Ron Knight...

Paul wrote more books of the ‘New Testament’ than any other author.  [By that,] God is magnifying his office. 

Romans 11:13
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Let’s look at the first time Saul of Tarsus is called Paul:

Acts 13:9
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,

Do you know what the name Paul means?  “Little, small and weak.”  God gave him that name because he went from this exalted leader in the Jewish religious system (Saul was named after the powerful king of Israel) to a little, small, weak insignificant man.  Now it doesn’t mean that his ministry was insignificant (it was mighty!) but he was just the vessel. 

That’s us.  There will always be just a small group of believers; it is called a remnant.  Why?  Because most people think there has to be a big religious show; a big building; a lot of people who are blessed and highly favored; health, wealth and prosperity.  But that’s not what God is into today.

In the kingdom program in the future, the nation of Israel will be healthy, wealthy and wise.  But that is not what God is doing today.  God is looking for the weak things of this world.

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

He is looking for the small, insignificant things in the eyes of the world.  That’s how God gets the glory, through the power of his word.

2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Hopefully this helps!

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