God Is God ... and we're not!

365 Daily Thoughts From The Scriptures

"That God may be All in all"   (I Corinthians 15:18)

These daily thoughts are some of my findings from the Scriptures so far. They are to be used as a primer, and will hopefully encourage you to go deeper into God's word. The Bereans, after hearing Paul teach, went to the Scriptures to see if they had it so (Acts 17:11). That is good advice, advice I would give to all who are learning from teachers, because: truth is not learned it is revealed, uncovered in the words of God. Some will be devotional, others will be topical, all for encouragement and edification. I don't know all there is to know from the Scriptures, and I don't believe anyone does, but I do know they were written so we may better know God and His Son Christ Jesus, and that we will come to the truth about both. If you are encouraged, or you disagree, feel free to email me (address at the bottom of page), I am open to constructive (scriptural) criticism. We are all on a journey somewhere, some of us know where we are going, some do not. Getting from point A to point B is what the Bible is all about, point A; the process God uses, point B is being with God and His Son Christ Jesus, that is why the Scriptures were written to reveal this process and its conclusion, not to reveal who will get there, and who will not, but how we all get there.

Thanks for reading 

Rick
 

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BRIEF THOUGHTS








December 2014



I am convinced that the Gospel of John is the only book in the Bible written to and for the unbeliever who has been set apart by God to believe. Not to exclude the believer from getting much truth from John's account, but one cannot help but notice all the references admonishing those who read it to believe.

At least ten times it is recorded saying:

"Believe Me." (John 14:11).

"He who is believing." (John 3:16, 18, 6:35, 7:38).

"That you should be believing." (John 11:16, 42, 13:19, 19:35).



At the end of John's narrative he tells his readers:

"Yet these are written that you should be believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life eonian in His name." (John 20:31).

Most people who call themselves believers, came to their belief in Christ from reading the gospel of John. Probably the most quoted verse from the bible is:



"For thus God loves the world, so that He gives His only-begotten Son, that everyone who is believing in Him should not be perishing, but may be having life eonian."

John 3:16 has been called the bible in a verse.








Many abuse this verse as a line in the sand. They will say:" If you do not believe you will perish eternally." Verse seventeen directly after it is almost always ignored, it says:

"For God does not dispatch His Son into the world that He should be judging the world, but that the world may be saved through Him."

The world may be saved through Him. This is the underlying truth of the gospel message. This is the purpose of John's message. The purpose of Christ' coming: That the world may be saved. Not might be. They now may be. He has made the way.



Christ came so that now humankind may be saved. Those who believe now will have their part  with Him in the oncoming eons. Those who do not believe now will perish, but not eternally. They will perish eonian, for a period of time.

Paul tells us this in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; that God will be:

"Dealing out vengeance to those who are not acquainted with God and those who are not obeying the evangel of our Lord Jesus Christ  who shall incur the justice of eonian extermination from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of His strength."

This is why we who believe exhort others to:



That is all you have to do!

You don't have to go to church, stop drinking and smoking and dancing. You don't have to read your bible every day (you might want to) but you don't have to, you just have to believe. This is why John was inspired to write his account so that when you come to believe you will not miss out of life eonian, life in the oncoming eons.
 
John wrote in chapter 19:35: "that he is telling the truth, that you, also, should be believing."

BELIEVE.




August 2014



The apostle John wrote:

"And the light is appearing in the darkness, and the darkness grasped (overpowered) it not." (John 1:4)

Notice that the light is "in" the darkness. It is not outside of it, separate from it, or shining into it, it literally dwells in the darkness. Also, the darkness can never overpower it.

A good illustration of this would be a door opening into the night, the night (darkness) never spills into the lighted doorway, the opposite is true, the light spills out into the darkness, filling it with light.

 

This light, which appears "in" the darkness, is the light which will appear in every human, some now, the rest in the oncoming eons, as John tells us:

"It was the true light-which is enlightening every human- coming into the world." (John 1:9)

The purpose of the light is to enlighten all of us to the knowledge of God, to bring us into His light. Paul tells us ; "for the God Who says that, out of darkness light shall be shining, is He Who shines in our hearts with a view to the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus." (2 Corinthians 4:6)




The Light is preparing us to be with God, as John tells us: "God is Light and in Him is no darkness "(1 John 1:5). We must all be enlightened to the knowledge of God. For this reason God sent His Son to reveal His light.



Christ said of Himself:

"I have come into the world a Light, that everyone who is believing in Me should not be remaining in darkness." (John 12:46)

Not that we are not now in darkness, we are, but we will not be remaining in darkness. We will eventually be in the Light. It is a promise from God that will be realized by all humanity, a fulfillment of John's words from John 1:9;

"It was the true light-which is enlightening every human- coming into the world."



At present there are those who are being enlightened, and there will come a time Isaiah tells us:
 
"No longer will you have the sun for light, nor for  brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the Lord for an eonian light, and your God for your glory."  (Isaiah 60:19)




In that time the darkness will be eliminated in all of us. Every misconception we had/have about God will be exposed by His Light.

 We will all have the Light of God fully dwelling in us. We will know Him as He knows us. (1 Corinthians 13:12). At present the Light is slowly eliminating the darkness in us who are seeking to know Him.





June 15th 2014



The Apostle Paul wrote:

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.- For all things originate with Him and come from Him: all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and end in Him. To Him be glory forever! Amen" (Romans 11:36) Amplified Bible.

The Concordant Literal Translation says:

"Seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be the glory for the eons! Amen!"

The whole of this verse is that everything comes out of God, and everything is for God, and everything will return to God. Nothing that came out of Him will be left for another to have and control. All will return to Him!



When Paul was speaking to the philosophers on Mars Hill, he reminded them what they already knew, what some of their own poets had written:

"For of this race also are we. The race, then, is inherently of God." (Acts 17: 28).

The word "Inherently" means: Existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable  element, quality or attribute.

Or, as Paul says: We cannot be forever separated from God, because we are all of God. Although there are many, who at present, and throughout history, have seemly been separated from God, this separation is only viewed from human eyes, and human intellect. As far as God is concerned, we have never been separated from Him. 









Jesus told His disciples that they belonged to His Father, God, before they were given to Him. He prayed:

"I manifest Thy name to the men whom Thou givest Me out of the world. Thine they were, and to Me Thou gives them..... and they believe Thou dost commission Me" (John 17:6)

Although they were given to Jesus (for a purpose), they have, and always belong to God.

 

At present, and all through time, humankind has been shackled by every devise known to both worlds, the natural and the spiritual.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28, that eventually all will be given (subjected) to Christ. When this is accomplished, then Christ will give all back to His Father, God. At that time God will once again be All in all.

It is a truth that has been hidden from the sight of many, that God is The Owner of all His creation.

Paul as well as the Psalmist wrote "For the Lord's is the earth and that which fills it" Nothing ,then, will escape His hand, or be cast out permanently. It will all return to Him the rightful Owner.

 

May 15th 2014



The writer of Hebrews (probably Paul) wrote:

"Our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29)

What is the purpose of God's consuming Fire?

To destroy?

To annihilate?

To torture?

No!

God's fire removes all the impurities in us. Not the so called sins that religion tells us separate us from God such as, drinking, swearing, smoking, dancing, R rated movies, lack of tithing, or lack of church attendance, and on and on. The impurities are what lies in our hearts. How our carnal minds understand God.

The believer (one who seeks to know God) understands what God's consuming fire is and does.

His fire refines us.


 
It changes us.

Not necessarily our bad habits, or our personalities we were all born with, but "our" perception of God. Proof of this is the many pious and religious people who know next to nothing of God, and what He is doing and has done (Matthew 15:8). Yes, as we get to know God we will notice certain traits in us disappear, that is but a by-product to His revealing Himself to us.





The scriptures have been given to us as our main source to knowing God. The Psalmist wrote:

"The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in the furnace on earth, refined seven times." (Psalm 12:6)

These words are the words God has given us that we might know Him. Not the words that man says He is.

Only His words will consume all the false teachings, and our misconceptions about Him. His words will lift us to a greater understanding of Who He Is.



Often times the Fire of God will be an unpleasant experience.

Peter writes:

"Being sorrowed by various trials, that the testing of your faith, much more precious than gold which is perishing, yet, being tested in fire,
may be found for applause and glory and honor at the unveiling of Jesus Christ. (1st Peter 1:7)

Paul tells us what this fire will illuminate:

"Now he Who is examining me is the Lord. So that, be not judging anything before the season, till the Lord should be coming, Who will also illuminate the hidden things of darkness and manifest the counsels of the heart. And then applause will be coming to each one from God." (1st Corinthians 4:5)

It is God Who illuminates (by His Fire) the hidden things of darkness (false conceptions) of Him. He is the One Who will reveal Himself to all whose hearts are being made pure (purged) by His consuming fire.



John the Baptist said that the One coming (Jesus) will baptize you in holy spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11).

The holy spirit is what sets the believer apart, it is what seals the believer, it is what allows us to be purged by the fire of God in this era. We would not recognize the purging effects of the fire of God if not for the holy spirit in us. The fire of God would be nothing more than hard times, discomfort, confusion, if not for the holy spirits revealing the Hand of God in our lives.

Paul writes:

"That your faith may not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (1st. Corinthians 2:5)

Again, John the Baptist tells us what the purpose of God's refining fire is, and will do:

"Whose winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will be scourging His threshing floor, and will be gathering His grain into His barn, yet the chaff will He be burning up with unextinguished fire." (Matthew 3:12)

All the chaff (false conceptions about God) will be burned up, and only the pure grain of truth will remain in all hearts. His consuming Fire will accomplish this for all. 






April 15th 2014



God is Spirit (John 4:24).

So being Spirit it stands to reason God is invisible ( 1 Timothy 1:17).

And if invisible no-one has or ever will see Him ( 1 John 4:12).

The Psalmist wrote: "Where can I go from Your spirit, and where can I run away from Your presence? If I should climb to the heavens, You are there, and should I make my berth in the unseen (deepest parts of the earth), You are there. (Psalm 139:7-8)




Every piece of creation lives and moves and are in God. We all exist in God. God is the Source of all living. God is the source of all inanimate objects as well. Everything is out of God, nothing that exists came from nothing, it all came out of God. Paul tells us this is so in Romans 11:36: "Seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all."

The Apostle Paul also wrote: " For in Him we are living and moving and are." (Acts 17: 28)




We all belong to God (Psalms 24:1).

Christ came to secure that fact, so all will know the Father.

He came to unveil the Father (Luke 10:22).









Because no-one has or ever will see God, God has revealed Himself in Christ. The Apostle John wrote :" God no one has ever seen. The only begotten God, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He unfolds Him." (John 1:18).

Christ is the heart of God the Father.

He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15)

He is the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16).



Christ was sent to bring reconciliation between us and God. Christ came in God's stead. Although God is omnipresent, as was stated He is invisible, He needed a form that could fulfill the requirements that He demands, that form was/is the Christ (Colossians 2:9).

When we finally see Christ, we will see the image of the invisible God, the Son of the living God. We will never see God the Father of all.

The writer of Hebrews tells us:

"By many portions and many modes, of old, God, speaking to the fathers in the prophets, in the last of these days speaks to us in a Son, Whom He appoints enjoyer of the allotment of all, through Whom He also makes the eons; Who, being the Effulgence (the radiant splendor of God's glory) and the Emblem of His assumption
(the role God assumes whenever He manifests Himself to His creation)."  (Hebrews 1: 1-3)

Through Christ we see God. Christ is the Image God created to reveal Himself to His creation through. (John 14:7-10)

March 15th 2014



The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 1-5 what is the evangel that is believed by all who are believers.

Paul writes:

"For I give over to you among the first what also I accepted, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was entombed, and that He has been roused the third day according to the scriptures."

This simple message is what God has declared, through the scriptures, that He will cause all who believe to believe. Nothing more is to believed in this era of grace for salvation.



That Jesus died was accepted by His followers. They all knew He was dead and lying in a tomb. They had know illusions that He was anywhere else. In fact they didn't believe they would ever see Him again, at least not in the near future. John, Mary (Jesus' mother), her sister, Mary of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene were all at the crucifixion of Jesus, they, along with many others saw Him give out His last breath and die. This is what Paul meant when he said Jesus died for our sins, Jesus died.



He was placed in a tomb. This Paul says so there is no doubt as to the fact that Jesus died. Paul knew that if Jesus did not in fact die then Sin would not have been eradicated. Without the actual death of Jesus Sin will always be.





Mary Magdalene was the first to the tomb, three days after the death of Jesus. She was the first to tell the others that Jesus had risen from the dead. She was the first person Jesus revealed Himself to after His resurrection. She was actually the first evangelist, with the news of a resurrected Saviour.

This is what Paul accepted as truth: Jesus rose on the third day from the dead, death has and will be abolished, it no longer has power to keep anyone in its grips.

On first hearing this news that Jesus had risen from the dead, the apostles doubted Mary. Thomas said: "Unless I put my fingers in his wounds and thrust my hand in His side I will not believe.



Jesus later appeared again, this time Thomas was present, and Thomas then believed. Thomas is a type of most of humanity, until they see Him they will not believe.

Paul would later write how Christ emptied Himself, coming in the likeness of humanity, humbles Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. And God highly exalted Him, and graces Him with the name that is above every name, and that in the name of Jesus every knee should be bowing, celestial, terrestrial and subterranean, and every tongue will be acclaiming the Jesus Christ is Lord, for the glory of God, the Father (Philippians 2:5-11).

That is the result of the death, entombment, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without His death Sin would always be, without His entombment we would not be certain that He really died, without His resurrection we would have no hope that death has been conquered.
All three are necessary for a true belief in this era of salvation. 

This is the faith we have, what we believe was accomplished, not only for us who believe now, but for the whole of humankind who will all believe in the coming eons that:

" God was in Christ, conciliating the world to Himself, not reckoning their offences to them...... dealing graciously with our offences.......  nailing them to the cross...... and you, being once estranged and enemies in comprehension, by wicked acts, yet now He reconciles by His body of flesh, through His death, to present you holy and flawless and unimpeachable in His sight."






 
 
 
February 15th 2014



The fall of Lucifer from heaven is believed by most who believe that Satan (Lucifer) rebelled against God. He (Lucifer) looked at all that was under God's domain and said in his heart: "I want this", and battled with God for supremacy. The portion(s) of scripture that they say supports this theory can be found in the Old Testament books of Isaiah chapter 14 and Ezekiel chapter 28.



They believe before Lucifer's rebellion, and subsequent fall, he was the number one angel in God's creation. A beautiful cherub, who had all power under God, but was filled with pride. And that pride turned to greed, which caused him to try and overthrow God, and force His creation from Him. We are told (by theologians) that Lucifer failed, and in that failure was cast down to earth, and has been making a mess of everything ever since.

Is that true?

Did Lucifer try to pull one over on God?

Is that what the scriptures actually teach!

That a being known as Lucifer, who once was a beautiful, powerful Angel, turned bad and became the Devil of the scriptures.



The name Lucifer is not found anywhere in the Hebrew text. Actually the so called fall of Satan is a made up story.

The name Lucifer, when properly translated means "howl", like the sound a wolf makes. Actually it is not a noun, its a verb. Every instance in the O.T. scriptures the verb (eill)  is translated howl except once.

Why did the translators of most Bibles do that, change howl to Lucifer?

Was it because they wouldn't, and couldn't blame God for creating Satan, or want to believe that He did so they made the King of Babylon a fallen angel called Lucifer? That is probably half the reason. 

Any concordance can be used to prove that (eill) means howl. In various forms it was translated "howl", "howl ye", "make to howl", and "shall howl" a total of 10 other times just in the book of Isaiah.



The chapter is clearly dealing with the King of Babylon, a man, who wanted to elevate his throne to a place where he would be above God. He was the one who wanted to be God. In Isaiah 14 it is called a proverb against the "King of Babylon", not a proverb against the inserted name Lucifer. Again, why make up a story of an imaginary identity named Lucifer? The other reason is more than likely to protect the false teaching of free-will, that many teach God gave all His creation. That "Satan" rebelled on his own somehow takes the pressure off of God.

Here is the verse translated properly:

"How are you fallen from the heavens! Howl son of the dawn.

This King (man) is later seen dead by a multitude of people (Isaiah 14:15,16,19).









The same goes for Ezekiel 28, where the King of Tyre is the subject, not Satan. In verse two he is called a man. Is The Adversary ever called a man in the scriptures?

As can be seen from the chapter in Isaiah Satan was never called a fallen angel, and the chapter isn't about him, the same is true in Ezekiel. The name cherub in verse 14 isn't the King, it is those who are placed to watch over his kingdom, much like the cherub that watched over the Tree of Life in Genesis. This king (man) in Ezekiel is described as being in Eden. How could he have been in the garden?



We only read of two people in the Garden of Eden. Yet we read from Paul that all of us are from the first man Adam, he is the father of us all. Eve is said to be the mother of all (Genesis3:20).

And if you read a little farther down the page in Ezekiel 28:10, you will read that this man is said to die like any other man in Adam. So in that sense he was in Eden. 

Does Satan die?

Is there anywhere in the scriptures that say Satan dies?

Yet in both chapters, Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 these men die.

So if these two chapters from the scriptures don't tell us that Lucifer was a self made Satan (Adversary), with a free -will, then where did the Adversary come from?

The Book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. In Job we find that God is the creator, He is in control of all His creation, the resurrection is spoken of in Job, both good and evil are under God's control, and we also find that this is where the creation of Satan can be found.



Job 26:13, says: " By His spirit the heavens were made seemly: His hand travailed with the fugitive serpent."

Part (b) of this verse has to do with the creation of the Adversary. Everything that exists was created, nothing created appeared on its own. This portion of scripture from Job gives us the birth (if you will) of Satan. Satan is called the serpent in Revelation 12:9 and 20:10, Paul also uses the term in 2 Corinthians 11:3.

Isaiah 54:16, says what the Adversaries purpose in creation is: " I have created the ruiner to harm." God also says in Isaiah 45:7 "Former of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of good and Creator of evil, I Yahweh, make all these things."

Jesus said this about the Adversary : He was a murderer from the beginning." (John 8:44)

John wrote in 1st John 3:8 "From the beginning, the Adversary sinned."

With these verses we can see that the Adversary was created by God, for the purpose to harm, murder, and to do evil.  



Satan was never a beautiful cherub, who by his own free-will went bad. The name Lucifer  has no place in the scriptures, it is an invention of man, like the doctrine free-will.

The Adversary was created by God for this reason; None of us would ever appreciate what God has done for us by sending His Son, if evil had never entered  creation. Evil will one day be unnecessary, but for now it is necessary. Any other reason for its existence, and the Adversaries existence, would make God an impotent god, who couldn't stop "Lucifer's rebellion" causing God to turn to plan B, like most teach has happened. God is revealing Himself with the black backdrop of evil. God is in control at all times, He created the Adversary, He created evil, and both are under His control. He is still, and always has been on Plan A. Read The Book of Job to understand how in control He is.  




January 15th 2014




The intermediate state of the dead is believed by most who claim to believe the bible, as well as most other religions throughout time and around the world.

The Bible never speaks of a state of life immediately after death, or an intermediate state. It does say we will all be awakened from death. This is called the resurrection of the dead.



Jesus said:

"Marvel not at this, for coming is the hour in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and those who do good shall go out into a resurrection of life, yet those who commit bad things, into a resurrection of judging." (John 5:28-29)

It is the resurrection that brings life back to all who are dead.



The book of Job is the earliest book written in the Bible. It is there where we are shown how humankind will once again live after the death state.

Job asks the question: "If a man dies, will he live again?"

He answers:

"As for me, I know my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God: Whom I myself shall behold, and Whom my eyes will see and not another." (Job 19:25-27)

Job fully expected a resurrection from the dead, with a body of flesh, and eyes of flesh. He knew there was no other way for him to see his Redeemer. So in the very first book written by a man of God, under the guidance of the spirit, God established the how and way humankind will be brought back from death.










Without a body we are nothing more than ghosts. And there are no such things as ghosts (except for those above).

Although God revealed to Job and Daniel, as well as other prophets in the scriptures, that there will be a resurrection from death, He kept one part of this resurrection back, Paul calls it a secret, one that was hushed from all others until the appropriate time. Paul writes of it in two of his letters to the believers called the body of Christ. The first mention is fittingly in the first letter he wrote, 1 Thessalonians.
Paul called it the snatching away.



This event (the snatching away) takes place before the resurrection written about by Job and the other Old Testament Prophets. Yet it is still the only way those who are believers will be in the presence of The Lord, either by resurrection, or the snatching away.

Paul writes:

"Now I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who are reposing (dead).....For if we are believing that Jesus died and rose, thus also those who are put to repose (dead), will God, through Jesus, lead forth together with Him......we the living, who are surviving to the presence (coming) of the Lord, should by no means outstrip (go before) those who are put to repose (dead), for the Lord Himself will be descending from heaven with a shout of command.....and the dead in Christ (the reposer's) shall be rising first. Thereupon we, the living who are surviving, shall at the same time (not before them, or them before us) be snatched away together with them in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And thus (in this way, no other way, no intermediate state) shall we always be together with the Lord."

There are no other ways of being brought back to life from death according to the Scriptures. Humans and religion have devised all sorts of ways that we will be made alive, such as the intermediate state, but the Scriptures only tell of these two ways.
 
 
December 15th 2013



The common teaching is that God created good and Satan created evil. God is not responsible for evil. Evil never was a part of His creative original. Satan is evils author.

The truth is; God did create evil.

"Former of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of good and Creator of evil, I, Yahweh, make all these things." (Isaiah 45:7)
 
This does not make God evil, no more than Dr. Frankenstein creating his monster made him evil. 



Evil is morally neutral until it has something, or someone to enact it.

You can be as dead as Frankenstein's monster until something awakens the evil inside.

You can say the same for good. You can be a good person but no one would ever know it unless you did something good.



Evil has a purpose, if it didn't God would have never created it. It would never have crept into His creation unawares.

There are several instances where God used evil to bring about a greater good.

Job is one example.

After the attacks of the Adversary Job lost pretty much every earthly possession, as well as his children and servants, his body was attacked as well, covered with sore pusy boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. After all this adversity Job  sat on the ground, on an ash heap, and scraped his body with a broken piece of pottery.



Job's wife told him to curse God and die. Job responded:

"You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips." (Job 2:10)

Although Satan was the one attacking Job, Job knew who was in control of all things. He knew that good, as well as evil were in God's control. So truthful was his statement that the writer says: " In all this Job did not sin with his lips." In other words; Job didn't lie in what he told his wife about God.











The story of Joseph gives us another example of evil being used for good. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him, to the point of selling him to a caravan of Ishmaelite's, who in turn sold him to Potiphar an officer of Pharaoh. Joseph went through trials, but was delivered from them all. He rose in political stature to being second only to Pharaoh. When a famine came on the land Joseph's brothers went to Egypt to get grain, not knowing it was Joseph who they were dealing with (thinking he was dead, or a lowly slave somewhere). As time went on Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. Later they fear for their lives, yet Joseph tells them:

"Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive."  

God used the evil for good in both cases. Job was restored, and Israel was preserved. 



As was said; evil is morally neutral until it is enacted. Yet because it is a part of creation the end result of all evil will lead to the goodness of God. Another example the crucifixion.

The greatest evil written about in the scriptures is the crucifixion of Jesus. This evil brought on the salvation of all mankind.

To say that God wasn't behind this evil is to give evil the credit for creations salvation. Or even worse (as most believe) it was random evil acts of free-willed humans that accomplished Jesus's journey to the cross.



Peter, in Acts, tells the truth of what really happened:

"For of a truth, in this city were gathered against Thy holy Boy Jesus, Whom Thou dost anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, together with the nations and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Thy hand and Thy counsel designates beforehand to occur."

It was all God. Humans were the tool that were used to bring it to completion. God's hands were all over the deed, He orchestrated the whole affair.



Evil just didn't happen on its own. It was created by God.
When it will no longer be necessary evil (acts) will be no more.

That evil itself will be eradicated , there is no verse to support that thought. But there will come a time when evil will be as unnecessary as faith and hope, at the consummation, when God is all in all. But until that time God will use evil as "a" way to reveal Himself to His creation.

"That men may know from the rising of the sun that there is no One besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. Former of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of good and Creator of evil, I, Yahweh, make all these things." (Isaiah 45:6-7).








November 15th 2013




The scriptures say in Romans 9:21

"Has not the potter the right over the clay, out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor?"

The potter that Paul is speaking of is God. Paul is saying in this portion of scripture from Romans that God is the Potter, and we are the clay. God is not only molding the righteous into what He desires, He is also the molder of the unrighteous.

There are two vessels being molded, and both are out of the same kneading (clay, humanity). One is molded for honor, and one is molded for dishonor, both are molded by God.



The vessels of honor have a purpose in the hands of God, as do the vessels of dishonor, they are both under the sovereignty of God, neither has a choice of how they will be molded. I like to think of us as clay pots, we are all being filled with the purpose of God.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:11, that God is the One Who is operating all in accord with the council of His will.




There are those who will protest this molding by God. Those who believe that God wouldn't have any part in the workers of the unrighteous. Those that believe this, believe man by his own freewill is the author of his unrighteous practices, and God would never interfere with the freewill of man, also, that God leaves us to make our own decisions. Their argument: we are not righteous and unrighteous
robots, controlled by some invisible machine operator (God).

The scriptures tell us something completely different than man's theories about how God operates.
















Without these vessels of dishonor how will God reveal to the world His powerful doings? Paul tells us that Pharaoh was one of these clay vessels of dishonor that God used to display His power. God hardened Pharaoh's heart so he would not let the Israelites leave Egypt. Pharaoh had no idea that God was hardening his heart, as with most of humanity, Pharaoh didn't recognize the hand of God on his life.  In this hardening of Pharaoh God sent 10 plagues on Egypt.



These plagues were to show Pharaoh, Egypt, and the earth God's power over all His creation (Romans 9:17).

It must be understood that God doesn't harden someone just for the sake of hardening them, and then at the resurrection drop them into a fire-pit. If that was so, then God would be nothing more than a monster, raising up individuals so His own ego could be satisfied.

This is not the God of the scriptures. The God of the scriptures is a just God.

He formed man from the mud (Genesis 2:7).



And since that time He has been forming each and everyone of us into the vessels He wants us to be in this era.

We all have a purpose.

Some of us are here so God can display His mercy. Others are here so God can display His indignation (Romans 9:18).

Paul asks us in Romans chapter nine:

"Who has withstood His intention?"

The obvious answer: "No one."




We are all clay vessels in the Hands of the Potter. And the Potter is using everyone of us for His own purpose. At the end of the eons none will say to the Potter:

"Why do you make me thus?"

All the unrighteous will stand before the Great White Throne of God. And each ones work will be judged. As was said, Pharaoh, and every other person standing there, because they believed they did these acts by their own freewill, they will be held accountable for them (Romans 14:12). But God ultimately is responsible (1 Corinthians 10:26), and He will do right (Psalms 67:4).

"Yet now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You are our Former, and the work of Your hand are we all." (Isaiah 64:8) 
October 15th 2013



God's calendar has only three days on it.

The first day is called Man's Day, 1 Corinthians 4:3:

"Now to me it is the least trifle that I may be being examined by you or by man's day."

The times we are living in are what God calls "Man's Day". This is the time when man attempts to govern and judge, bring peace, and a human form of righteousness and contentment to the world, apart from God. This is a time of self. Self rule, self satisfaction, self judgment, self sufficient, selfishness. God, although present in this day, is showing us  how futile it is to govern without Him.



Man's Day began with the creation of man, and it will end at the coming of Christ. Man's day encompasses the second and third eons. We will begin to see the closing of Man's Day when the events of Revelation begin to unfold. At that time the second day on God's calendar will begin:

The Lord's Day. "I came to be, in spirit, in the Lord's day"
(Revelation 1:10)



John writes of this day in Revelation 1:10 to 20:15. After the events of Revelation (the seven seals, seven bowls, and seven trumpets judgments) Satan is bound for a thousand years, and as Isaiah tells us mankind will beat their swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4). 




This is the day commonly called "The Millennium" , a thousand years of peace during the forth eon. Christ will on that day sit on the throne and rule the nations with a rod of iron. There will be no more war. Peace and justice will rule the day.








As the Lord's day comes to a close, Satan is loosed from the submerged chaos to deceive the nations once again (Revelation 20:7-9). 

After this failed attempt to dethrone the Christ, Satan is cast into the lake of fire.

All the dead will be raised and stand before Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment to be judged according to their acts (Revelation 20:12).



Those not found written in the Book of Life will have their part in the Lake of Fire. The second Day in God's calendar comes to a close.
 
The third and last Day begins with a new heaven and earth. This is what Peter calls in 2nd Peter 3:12, God's Day. God's Day is in the fifth eon, the last eon before time is no more. Revelation 21:1 to 22:5 as well as 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 describe this last Day on God's calendar.



During this Day God will make all new (Revelation 21:5). Death and pain, mourning and misery will be no more.

And He will brush away all the tears from mankind's face.



As God's Day comes to an end all of mankind will be subjected to Him, and Christ will hand over the kingdom to His God and Father, and God will be All in all (1 Corinthians 15:24-28).



God's three days are finished, there is no more need for time, the fifth and final eon is over, He has drawn all His creation to Himself through Christ ( John 12:32). At that time all will be forever with the Lord.


 
September 15th 2013



When you come to the realization that the scriptures don't deal with eternity you can actually come to an understanding of God's purpose in the eons (or ages).

This has been confusing for most people because many of the modern translations have translated two Greek words aion and its adjective aonian into several words. Aion has been translated into: an age, forever, eternal, coarse, evermore, without end, the world, Messianic period, perpetuity, forever and ever, forevermore and universe. The adjective aionios has been translated into: forever, perpetual, everlasting and eternal.

A simple way of understanding what these two Greek words mean is to transliterate them.

Aion = Eon. Meaning: a period of time, long or short in duration.

Aionios = Eonian. Meaning: belonging to a period of time.

Whenever you have time, you don't have eternity. Eternity defies time.

The ways of God can be confusing until you understand this.



It's understandable how many can accept teachings that are not in the scriptures, especially when you have translations that have caused most of the confusion surrounding these two Greek words.

The scriptures tell us that God created the eons in Hebrews 1:2, and in these eons God is effecting His purpose (Ephesians 3:11).

What is the purpose of the eons?

To head up all in the Christ (Ephesians 1: 9-12).



There are at least five eons that we know of from the scriptures.









There have been at least two eons before this present eon.

Ephesians 3:9 and Colossians 1:26 speak of the secret of the untraceable riches of Christ toward the nations that had been concealed from the previous (two?) eons, until this present eon.

There is the present eon we now live in: In Romans 12:2 it is called this eon. In Galatians 1:4 it is called this present wicked eon. In Titus 2:12 it is called this current eon.

The next coming eon: In Hebrews 6:5 it is called the impending eon. In Mark 10:30 and Luke 18:30 it is called the coming eon. This is commonly called the Millennium.



The fifth eon, or the last eon: In Ephesians 3:21 it is called the eon of the eons. The fifth eon is the pinnacle of what God is doing in the eons.

Daniel 7:18 calls it the eon of the eons as well, some versions call it the age of the ages. Revelation 21 and 22 speak of this fifth and final eon. This is called "The New Heavens and The New Earth."

There was (for lack of a better word) a time before time. In 2nd Timothy 1:9 it is called before eonian times. Or, before the eons.

That was when there was only God.

1st. Corinthians 8:6 says "Nevertheless for us there is one God, the Father, out of Who all is."

Before the eons began there was only God. And out of God all came into existence.

There will come a time when the eons, and time, will cease.



1 Corinthians 10:11 calls it the consummation of the eons. Hebrews 9:26 calls it the conclusion of the eons.

The purpose for all these eons are to reveal to us God's workings, as well as His dealings with His entire creation.

Properly transliterated you can see that these eons had a beginning and they will end, and they also have a purpose. At the consummation, when the purpose of the eons comes to a close, God will be All in all (1 Corinthians 15:22-28).

August 15th 2013



Do our prayers change the outcome of God's predetermined plan for His creation?

Most of the literature and sermons on prayer would have us to believe that this is so, if not, what is the point of praying.

They have it wrong!



From his prison cell in Rome the Apostle Paul wrote this to the Colossian church:

"Therefore we also, from the day on which we hear, do not cease praying for you and requesting that you may be filled with the realization of His will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." (Colossians 1:9)

That is the reason for prayer!

To be filled with the realization of God's will!

To be in harmony with His will.

We may pray for sunshine, but..........



To help bring us to maturity God gave us the perfect example.

When in the Garden, Jesus, Who up until that moment continually did the will of His Father seemed to now struggle with His Fathers will.

Prior to Gethsemane He said on numerous occasions that:

"My food is that I should be doing the will of Him Who sends Me, and should be perfecting His work." (John 4:34)

"I have descended from heaven, not that I should be doing My will, but the will of Him Who sends Me." (John 6: 38)

"For I am not seeking My will, but the will of Him who sends Me." (John 5:30)







At Gethsemane He asked His Father if it was possible to take away the cup He was about to drink. Jesus knew full well the horror's He was about to experience and His soul revolted in agony.

Read what He prayed:

"Father, if it is Thy intension (will A.V) carry aside this cup from Me. However, not My will, but Thine, be done!"  (Luke 22:42)

Or in other words; if there was a better way now would be a good time to reveal it. He got His answer. So again He prayed, not to change God's will and intended purpose, but to bring His will in harmony with God's, as Jesus' will was faltering. He needed strength.



"Now a messenger from heaven was seen by Him, strengthening Him. And coming to be in a struggle, He prayed more  earnestly." (Luke 22:43-44)

Jesus knew He could not stop God's will, so He prayed for strength to endure, as He knew He would learn obedience through what He was about to suffer, and be perfected (Hebrews 5:7-9). 

The Apostle Paul wrote:

"I am intending, then, that men (humans) pray in every place, lifting up benign hands, apart from anger and reasoning." (1 Timothy 2:8)

Don Bast in his book "What is Truth?" wrote:

"Paul feels so strongly about praying he says do it without reasoning. Reasoning means "drawing conclusions from known or assumed facts" (Webster's Dictionary)



When all seems lost, or hopeless, the mature beleiver can take comfort  that God's will is being carried out, and we can end every prayer with the knowledge that;
 
"Thy (God's) will be (is being) done, as in heaven, on earth also."

"How could we begin to try and improve on what God is doing?
Why would we want to?"  ("What is Truth?"  Don Bast)

"And this is the boldness which we have toward Him, that if we should be requesting anything according to His will, He is hearing us."  (1 John 5:14)







July 15th 2013



The last words that Jesus spoke at His crucifixion were:

"It is finished."
 
The Concordant Literal New Testament has: "It is accomplished."

To those who don't believe in the reconciliation of all thru Christ (that being the majority who claim to believe in Him), I always ask this one question:

"What did Jesus accomplish on the cross?"

They never answer the question scripturally.



The favorite answer is: "He saved us, who believe, from hell."

You will never read those words in the scripture, they are the words of man, not God. So this answer can be discarded as a false teaching.




What Jesus accomplished was an end of Sin. Sin no longer reigns.

The so called sinners prayer (again not in the Bible), are said to be the magic words that will free you from Sin, and are also said to be the  beginning of salvation.

Nothing we say can free us from Sin, that was accomplished 2000 years ago, our words don't start the sinless ball rolling, and our words don't start our salvation.

Now, God see's us in Christ, and dead to Sin's reign.

"For you died, and your life is hid together with Christ." (Colossians 3:3)















What Jesus accomplished, when walking the earth, was a life that was sinless, and obedient to His Father, God. He fulfilled all that God's law required. He alone was righteous, so, only He qualified to be the sacrifice for the sake of others (all of us).

John the Baptist called Jesus: "The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)



The Lambs sacrifice did precisely that. To say any less, or to add any more to it is to manipulate the inspired words of the scriptures.

Sin has been dealt with. Whether we acknowledge this or not doesn't negate the fact that Christ made an end of Sin (Hebrews 9:26). 

We know in ourselves (our flesh) this is still a future realization. Our thoughts and actions reveal to us every day that while in these bodies sin is very much alive. We can't -in ourselves- fulfill all that God requires (sinlessness). It is only through the Perfecter of our faith, Christ, we can glimpse the end result (Hebrews 12:2).




So when Jesus said "It is finished", He meant all has been accomplished, Sin has been dealt with, there is nothing more that God requires. Paul, to the Colossian believers wrote:

"Christ has utterly wiped out the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which have always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it over His own head on the cross." (Colossians 2: 13-14) Phillips Translation

In other words: He accomplished His Fathers will, nothing more needs to be done, Sin's reign has been dealt with.

It is finished!












June 15th 2013



Ever wonder how those who preach and those who believe in eternal torment sleep at night. I, at one time believed that God was going to throw most of His created mortals into a place called hell, where they would be tormented forever and ever.

The sad truth of it was, I slept pretty good.



Most religions teach that there is a place called hell for those not intellegent enough to make the right decision to accept the god of their particular religion. The Christian religion is not the only religion with the monopoly on hell, although it is the one that claims to have hell rights over the other religions.

There are three Greek words and one Hebrew word that have been translated (misstranslated) into the word hell. Sheol (Hebrew), Hades, Gehenna andTartarus (Greek).



Sheol and Hades have the same meaning : not preceivable by any of the senses, imperceptible, unseen. Some versions translate these words "the grave", but the correct meaning is the unseen. This is where the soul goes when the spirit leaves the body and the body dies. Not to a place called hell. Jesus' soul went to the unseen (Acts 2:27, 31).

Does anyone believe that Jesus went to hell?






Gehenna is located on earth outside of the city Jerusalem, not under it somewhere. The scriptures call it the valley of Hinnom, or Gehenna. It was one of the borders for the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15: 8), later it became a place where the worshippers of Molech would sacrifice their children in fire. When Jesus was walking the earth it was a dump outside the city Jerusalem.



Why the translators, of most bible versions, translated it hell in the New Testament was probably because they wanted to make their false teaching about a place of horror (hell), to appear that it came from the lips of Jesus, because Jesus is the only one (in the New Testament) that mentions Gehenna, therefore giving it more clout, but the truth is Jesus never spoke English so He never said the word hell, but He did say the word Gehenna, the dump outside of Jerusalem.



This is a photo of the valley of Hinnom (Gehenna) today. You can go there and take a walk through Gehenna, probably have a picnic as well. I'm pretty sure you won't see any one writhing in tortuous fiery pain, while demons harpoon them with their pitchforks.



Tartarus are the gloomy caverns that the messengers (angels) who were said to have sinned are being kept for the day of judgment.
There is no mention of humans being there, and no mention of these spirits being tormented, it is a temporary holding place (2 Peter 2:4).

Properly transliterated, not falsely interpreted, there is no mention of hell in the scriptures. They do speak of Hades (unseen), Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom), and Tartarus (holding place of sinning messengers).



May 15th 2013



After hearing the word of truth, the Bereans didn't stop there, they examined the scriptures daily to see if they had it thus.

In other words, they weren't just taking the word of the apostle Paul,
they went to the scriptures for clarity and proof. Today this is a practice that is hardly ever followed by those who claim to be believers' in the scriptures.



When something contradicts what they were told to believe, or casts a shadow of doubt on a pet doctrine, not only will they not listen, the last place they will go to find proof of its existance is the scriptures.

Quoting writers, or philosophers, pastors, or priests instead of the scriptures is common place. The research and conclusions of others is often believed rather than the plain teachings from the scriptures.

The scriptures do tell us that there are teachers among us, but the scriptures don't tell us to swallow what they say just because they have a doctorate of divinity.











Jesus said "Search the scriptures, for in them you are supposing you have life eonian, and those are they which are testifying concerning Me."

Jesus didn't say ignore the scriptures.

Don't be afraid to examine what you believe. Truth from the scriptures can always take the harshest of examination. False teachings will always be exposed for what they are - False - when put under the microscope.




Examining the scriptures  can at times be exhausting, but the results will always be rewarding.

Most Christians will spend more time reading the News Paper to find out what happened yesterday, rather than spending time searching the scriptures to find out if what their Pastor said on Sunday is actually in the scriptures, and if it is, is it written to them.



This may sound redundant but the first step to understanding what the scriptures teach is to read them. The next step would be to study them. By studying them I mean to learn to correctly divide them. Learn what part of the sixty six books in the Bible are written exclusively to you, the body of Christ, (it is all written for you, but only thirteen books are written to those who are called His body).

Here is a clue as to which books are written to you. Every book written to you will start with the name "Paul". With that little piece of information you can now start to come into an understanding of what God is saying to you, and how He will complete His work in you, the believer, His body.

Check it out, you might be surprised.


April 15th 2013



Why is it that most people - Christians included - have no clue that God is at peace with His creation?

Billboard signs read "God is coming back and He is not happy."

Evangelists warn of God's anger toward the sinners of the world.

They also tell us: " God will not be at peace with you unless you accept and believe in Him."

Is that true? God is unhappy, pissed off, and at war with sinners?

No.

Nothing could be further from the truth.



The scriptures teach that God is conciliated with the world. The apostle Paul tells us;

"Yet all is of God, Who conciliates us to Himself through Christ, and is giving us the dispensation of the conciliation, how that God was in Christ, conciliating the world to Himself, not reckoning their offenses to them, and placing in us the word of conciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19)

God is now at peace with His creation, He is now conciliated with us through Christ.

Conciliate means that one side has made peace.

So you can see that it is not God who is unhappy, pissed off, and at war, it is us.
This is the message that the beleiver is to give, that God was in Christ, conciliating the world to Himself, not reckoning their offenses to them.

Once this is beleived there is reconciliation, and both sides are now conciliated.



The beleiver realizes this now. Paul confirms this in Colossians 1:21-22:

"And you, being once estranged and enemies in comprehension, by wicked acts, yet now He reconciles by His body of flesh, through His death, to present you holy and flawless and unimpeachable in His sight."

With this realization "we" may now have peace toward God. "We" now come to the realization He is not an angry God. He has shown us His love for us through His Son.



There will come a time when all His creation will come to a realization of this conciliation. Paul also confirms this in Colossians 1: 18-20:

"And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia, Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may now be becoming first, for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell, and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on earth or those in the heavens."

But until that time He has given us the message of conciliation, and that is the message that we are to speak.

Because, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, God is the God of peace (Hebrews 13: 20).






 
March 15th 2013



All four accounts of the crucifixion given in the bible tell of the men who were crucified along with Jesus.

Many believe there were two men crucified with Him, one on one side and one on the other side of Him. Both of these men were called thieves. Some believe that there were four men crucified along with Jesus, two thieves and two malefactors. Most artists renditions show only two, a thief on His right and a thief on His left. As with most of what is believed to be truth, most artist renditions are not true.

The scriptures do speak of four men crucified along with Jesus. Two thieves and two malefactors (see article by Stephen Hill; Contradicting Contradictions in the Articles section).

Along with the belief that two men were crucified with Jesus, there is the belief that one of the men repented and was immediately with Jesus in Paradise at the moment of death.



The reason for this is the verse of scripture found in Lukes account;

"Verily, verily, I say to you, this day shall you be with Me in paradise."

When the Greek New Testament scriptures were originally written there were no commas, periods, exclamation marks, capital letters, chapters or verses, it was just one long narrative divided into 27 books. Punctuation wasn't added until centuries later, and only to make the text easier to read, not to safeguard some truth that was believed. But, on the other hand, punctuation shouldn't be used to distort truth, and support unscriptural beliefs either.








It's amazing how the use of a comma can change the outcome of an individual's fate:



Luke wasn't at the crucifixion, what he wrote was passed down from oral tradition (Luke 1:1-3). He relied on others who were eyewitnesses, and then verified what was said.

The crucifixion scene was to say the least gruesome. There were soldiers mocking, moans and screams from the men hanging naked on poles, people jeering, and a game of dice being played at the foot of Jesus' cross, which was covered in His blood.

One of the crucified malefactors blasphemes Jesus; " Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other malefactor rebukes his fellow criminal and then asks Jesus to; "Be reminded of me, Lord, whenever Thou mayest be coming in Thy kingdom." Jesus said to him; "Verily, to you am I saying today, with Me shall you be in paradise."



The malefactor has already been assured that when Jesus comes in His kingdom he will be remembered. He knew where paradise was, and when he would be there.

The question that readers should ask is where is paradise. Is it up in heaven, or as some believe under the earth somewhere, or is it yet to be set up. Where will Jesus return to when He sets up His kingdom?

Here's a clue.



And at that time of His return, the promise Jesus made to the malefactor will  be fulfilled, and then he will be with Him, on earth, in paradise. So, although commas are placed to make the text easier to read, they can also bring out the truth in what has factually been said;

"Verily, to you am I saying today, with Me shall you be in paradise."





February 15th 2013




When the apostle Paul went back to Jerusalem he didn't have to worry about how the Romans would react to his message, he had to be concerned about how the Circumcision followers of Jesus would react.

The Jewish believers were not pleased with Paul's message because it taught freedom from the law which they adhered to, along with their belief in Jesus.

Read what James tells Paul in Acts 21;

"You are beholding, brother, how many tens of thousands there are among the Jews who have believed, and all are inherently zealous for the law? Now they were instructed concerning you that you teach all the Jews among the nations apostasy from Moses, telling them not to be circumcising their children, nor yet to be walking in the customs. What then? Undoubtedly a multitude must come together, for they will hear that you have come."



Paul's message was very different from that of the other apostles.

It was so different that the believers in Jerusalem called it apostasy.

What was it that would later turn these followers into an angry mob, when Paul was seen in thier temple?

Paul believed in the same Jesus, the One Who rose from the dead, the One Who was the Son of God, and the One Who salvation was through.

Paul says he recieved this message from the risen Christ, not from man ( Galatians 1:11-12).

Was his message that different that it would cause these Circumci-sion followers to practically tear Paul into pieces (Acts 21:30-31)?

Yes it was, and it is.

Paul's message (at the time) was something new that God had not yet revealed to the other apostles (Colossians 1:25-27), and wouldn't (Galatians 2:7-8; 2 Peter 3:15-16).




It was  a secret given to Paul exclusively, that had been concealed
from the eons in God (Ephesians 3:8-9), and was for the believers who would be now called the body of Christ. A message of salvation that excluded the law (Romans 3:28).

There would be believers who would be followers of the law, the scriptures call them Circumcision believers (below).



And there will be believers who are not under the law, these are called Uncircumcision believers (to the left).

One thing there shouldn't be, is a believer who would be both. One that would follow the law (Circumcision), as well as one that would be under grace (Uncircumcision) at the same time. If a believer
under grace added the law to complete thier salvation they are said to have fallen out of grace and are exempt from Christ (Galatians 5:4).

Although Paul warned the believers under grace to be aware of this mixing of law and grace, many today are preaching a message that mixes these two distinct messages together, which is causing much confusion to those who hear it. They are ignoring Paul's warning to all those who preach it, as well as those who believe it to be truth
(Galatians 1:6-9).

Remember, we, the believer, are free from what the law demands,
and free from those who would mix it with grace (Galatians 5:1).






 
 
January 15 2013



When we hear the word church, the first thing that pops into most peoples minds is a building. A place where they go to meet with others of like faith to listen to what others have to say about their doctrinal beliefs.

Most of the people who attend this institution are very good people, people who are doing the same thing that their ancestors before them did, without even questioning the reasons for attending, or if what they are doing, and practicing, has any scriptual backing.

When Paul was going from city to city speaking about Christ, he never said to those who beleived to go to church. He actually encouraged people to leave the religious organizations they were at that time joined to.



Paul told them this because Paul knew that the building wasn't the true definition of the meaning of the word "church."

The inspired word is "ecclesia" which means "out called", or called out ones. Those people who God chooses than calls out of the world, and makes His home in.

Paul writes in 2 Corintians 6:16-18;

"For you are the temple of the living God, according as God said, that I will be making My home and will be walking in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore, come out of their midst and be severed, the Lord is saying..... and you shall be sons and daughters to Me..."


As humans we all feel the need to gather with others with like similarities. It is in us to do this. Small gatherings or large gatherings, as long as we are all on the same page, or at least reading the same book, we feel a comradery.

But the idea of building a building for the sole purpose of worshipping God is not found in the writings for the church (ecclesia).

In fact it is entirely the opposite;

"But the Most High is not dwelling in what is made by hands, according as the prophet is saying; Heaven is My throne, yet the earth is a footstool for My feet. What kind of house shall be built for Me?"

The answer to God's  question above is; "None."

God wants to dwell in you.

We are the perfect dwelling place for God, because we are made by His hand.

This is where God will ultimately be; All in all ( 1 Corinthians 15:28).

He will , at the consummation dwell in all  of His creation.

Mans way is to build something to show the world that they have a god.
 
Gods way is to create something (us), and then dwell in us to  reveal to us that He is in fact God.

You don't need a building to go to to realize this truth.

But if the urge hits you, and you feel the preasure to go, I would recommend this;



but don't linger, do what comes natural and leave.








December 15th 2012





In 2 Timothy Paul encourages Timothy to rekindle the gracious gift of God that is in Him (1:15).

Timothy is close to being done, not only was Paul in prison waiting execution, but all the churches in Asia (that Paul had founded) had turned away from his message, they were now following a gospel that relied on human merit, or a mixture of law with grace, instead of saving grace. The spirit that now was foremost was the spirit of humanity instead of the spirit of God.

In Paul's letter to the Galatians Paul warned the Galatians of this snare, he called it witchcraft (Galatians 3:1), a mixing of law and grace, which wasn't a message at all, it was either The Law, or Grace, but not the two.

What had happened in Galatia had now spread over what we would call Asia Minor, and would become what is now calling itself
Christianity.



The shift from Paul's simple message of salvation by grace alone had now been turned into a religion that needed the flesh to complete what Christ had already accomplished (Galatians 3:3).

Laws started to be tacked onto salvation in order for salvation to be complete; touch not, taste not (Colossians 2:21-23) had become the mantra of those in Asia, as well as Rome, thier belief was becoming a religion instead of the way.

Timothy is seeing this happen before his very eyes and it seems there is nothing he can do to turn those churches around, and Paul doesn't want him to. Paul asks Timothy to come to him in Rome. He encourages him, then asks him to find others who are more competent, who are faithful to the message that was intrusted to Paul by Christ;

"You, then, child of mine, be invigorated by the grace which is in Christ Jesus. And what things you hear from me through many witnesses, these commit to faithful men (humans), who shall be competent to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:1-2)


Timothy had been with Paul for approximately 18 years, probably since Paul's second missionary journey, and was no stranger to the hardships that this message of grace brought.

Timothy had already spent time in prison for this message, as the writer of Hebrews 13:23 says;

"Know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he should be coming more quickly, I shall be seeing you."



At the time of Paul's final imprisonment Timothy was more than likely on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Paul reminds him that;

"God gives us, not a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of sanity." And to have; "A pattern of sound words, which you hear from me." He also tells Timothy to; "Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth."

This is where the church of Asia went wrong, they had ignored the pattern of correctly cutting (dividing) the word of truth. They started by mix the evangel of Paul's with Judaism to be more socially acceptable with Rome. Rome recognized Judaism as a religion and allowed Judaism to be practiced. In its infancy Christianity was under the umbrella of Judaism, as Paul recieved more revelation  the message started to distance itself away from the legalism and practices of Judaism, it was now condemned by Rome, which led to persecution, prison and execution.

Now Paul tells Timothy to turn away from this religion and its practices that has infiltrated the church in Asia. He also tells him this will be the pattern of organized religion hereafter;

"For the era will be when they will no longer tolerate sound teaching, but, their hearing being tickled, they will heap for themselves teachers in accord with their own desires, and, indeed, they will be turning their hearing away from truth, yet will be turned aside to myths."

Paul tells Timothy even though all are turning away in apostasy, and abandoning his simple message of Gods grace, one day all the nations will hear this message (2 Timothy 4:17), and believe. But until that time only a small number will embrace this truth, so don't be discouraged (2 Timothy 4:2)








November 15th 2012





We have to have a combination of body and the breath, before we have a soul.

Genesis 2:7: "God formed the human out of soil from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living soul."

No breath = No Soul

You can have a body, but without the breath, no soul.

So the soul needs both the body and breath to exist.

A body can exist for centuries if it is preseved properly,





but it eventually turns back to soil.

The soul, well, it bounces off to the unseen when the breath is removed from the body.

Religion would have you to believe that your soul lives on forever, this has caused many to mourn needlessly over loved ones who have died without Christ in their lives.



They mix the soul, and spirit, into one big ball and bounce the two off together to either heaven or hell at the moment of death. Death is bad enough, but to add horrors to it that aren't true, that's sadistic.

The scriptures are much more accurate than religion when it comes to the abode of the soul at death, it goes to the unseen (Acts 2:27).

The spirit, it returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

Jesus, before He died said;

"Father, into Thy hands am I committing My spirit." Luke 23:46

His body was laid into a tomb and His soul went off to the unseen.

Three days, and nights, later, His spirit was returned to Him, and guess what happened...... He became a living soul, but this time His body was changed as well, and He returned to His former glory. At present He alone has immortality (1 Timothy 6:16).



This will be the same for all of us. But each in his and her order.

Christ was first, then those who are waiting His arrival, then at the consummation the rest of mankind (1 Corinthians 15:21-28).

So until that time don't let your soul be troubled by what religion says.

"Hither to Me, all who are toiling and laden, and I will be giving you rest. Lift My yoke upon you and be learning from Me, for meek am I and humble in heart, and you shall be finding rest in your souls, for My yoke is kindly and My load is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

Take Jesus' advice and.........




...........in Him.


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