Friday, June 19, 2015

Dealing with Foolish andUnlearned Questions

"Foolish people aren’t really looking to see what God says about it."  

"Unlearned people ask a question about scripture but without understanding of scripture rightly divided so as to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time is short

A transcribed excerpt from the audio message:  What Is True Fellowship?
From the series on First Corinthians

I do believe we are living in the last days of the dispensation of grace. There is no time limit on it.  We have been living in the last days for a long time but with each passing day we get one day closer to God's longsuffering being ended…

Romans 9:22
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

…and his taking us home to our home eternal in the heavens by the rapture; and then fulfilling his prophetic program in the earth with nation Israel. That's the bible's past, present, and future; that is rightly dividing the word.

But now, just as in college where you major in certain things pertinent to the field you plan to go in.  For instance, if you want to be a doctor, you should major in biology and anatomy and other things that would help you be a physician. It would be foolish to be a journalism major and major in a lot of scientific courses.  Why? Because they are not going to be be pertinent to your vocation. Well it's just as foolish for us, as members of the church the Body of Christ, to spend all of our time in epistles and books of the Bible that aren't written to us and about us. When I say that it doesn't mean we can't study them, it means you don't apply them to you. When you are over in Matthew Mark Luke or John, or the book of James or Revelation or 1st John, 2nd John or 3rd John, it’s okay to study those books, I do. But, the way you study is different then the way religion and denominations study them. They study like Charles Stanley does in Matthew 6:14 and if you don't forgive your brother their trespasses, neither will God forgive you.

Matthew 6: 14 – 15
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

That is a true verse, if you are Israel living in time past or in the future. But when you rightly dividing the word of truth, that God does not withhold forgiveness to you and I living in the dispensation of grace. That is why you have to rightly divide. Because what Paul says God is doing today is different than what God was doing through the Lord's earthly ministry to the nation Israel in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and early Acts. My job is to give you sound Pauline doctrine; and when we do study other books of the Bible such as Hebrews and Acts to compare and contrast what God is doing with them in time past and in the future compared to with what he is doing with us today. Now it's really not that hard, it's simple; but it is hard when you wrest the scriptures for your own good (purposes). And that is what religious guys do in denominations: they mix lawn grace, prophecy and mystery and that ends up in confusion. If there are questions in your heart about the contradictions in the Bible and why the verses on healing don't work, and why this doesn't work and that doesn’t work.  That is confusion! God is not the author of all that Satan is and is it because of a lack of not rightly dividing the word.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

1 Timothy 1:3-7
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Understanding Spiritual Circumcision

~Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past 
Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision 
by that which is called the 
[Ephesians 2:11]

~In whom also ye are circumcised with the 
in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh 
by the circumcision of Christ:  
[Colossians 2:11]

Just as circumcision in the physical is performed by an operation of human hands, so too is the spiritual circumcision performed by an operation, ...but, of God.    

~Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him 
who hath raised him from the dead.   
[Colossians 2:12]

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Under the earth

What does "under the earth" mean?

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

‘Under the earth’ refers to the "underworld," that is, what lies "beneath" our physical realm. There is an entire "world," although invisible and in another realm/dimension; yet just as real, within our earth. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord/Judge of all of it.

Philippians 2:10-11
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Revelation 5:3
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:13
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Our Lord Jesus, while talking to his disciples on the Mt. of Transfiguration (Mt. Hermon in Lebanon), mentioned the "Gates of Hell" underneath the earth...

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

It is also called the "pit"...

That is an allusion to what is written about "hell from beneath."

Hell is the place of the departed dead...

Luke 16:19-31
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

In Isaiah 14, there is an extended passage about it...

Isaiah 14:9-20
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

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