"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

A STUDY IN ACTS TWO:42 - FOUR FACETS in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH

THIRD FACET in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH:

Breaking of Bread/Communion – as taught by Kyle Peart

Let’s go ahead and turn to 1 Cor. 11th chapter; the title we have is . . .

Breaking of Bread: Commune or Commune?

Here we have a classic twist on the English language. Two words (homonyms) that look the same but have completely different meanings.

● To commune (verb; commune): to be intimate or fellowship
● A commune (noun; commune): community of people living together

So what does that have to do with our teaching?

Well, when we get into Acts 2:42 we read that there was fruit which revealed who the
disciples were. That’s why we’re doing this four part study. We examined
doctrine, fellowship and now the breaking of bread [Lastly will be prayer, by Josh Boubion].

The issue is that just as you have some teachings out there telling you the wrong way to
pray and other weird doctrines, we also have different meanings and doctrines for “communion”.
We want to make sure that we are biblical in our definitions and our practices.
From the early part of Jesus’ ministry before the actual (seder) meal known as the Last Supper all the way to today we see teachings that lead to misunderstandings and people then can’t grasp a correct understanding of what Jesus meant when He spoke on this topic.

Now of course I made a play on words (commune and commune) but if you break down the two major different teachings we see today, you will see that I wasn’t far off.
To commune means to be intimate, to have fellowship which is where we get the word
communion. We come together and we participate in an intimacy with the Lord.

In 2 Corinthians, the 6th chapter we see the Holy Spirit distinguish the way light can not commune with dark. It is impossible. They are polar opposites!

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-16
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
.

1 JOHN 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all
.

EPHESIANS 5:8
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light
:

A commune is a community of people living together. Now this second definition related to the idea of ‘communion’ that I’m going to touch on isn’t talking about a community of people living together but about one Person living in an object, that is, a ‘host’.

I don’t want to exhaust this point because the heart of communion is to know the Lord and know the truth; but along with that it’s so important to know the error in order to protect and edify the sheep especially since so many in the church today (Protestants and Evangelicals) are accepting these false teachings.

If you want to do a personal study and read the whole teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, all you have to do is go pick up a Catechism and you’ll see the teachings of
communion or as they call it the Eucharist. It’s a fairly small portion which is only about 28 pages and it’s not shy about their beliefs!

So when you hear the term Eucharist, what that means according to Roman Catholic dogma is that the bread and wine actually becomes via the process of transubstantiation that transforms (inwardly) the elements of bread and wine into the very flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, and thus the Eucharist. The word itself means in Latin “Thanksgiving” but the teaching of the Eucharist is this:

“. . . the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." 1374 CCC

In 1375 of the Catechism it says:

“It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood; that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion.


Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:

“It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God's. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.”

So taught from these dogmas, the words the priests actually performs a ritual and pronounces a mantra, saying “This is my body, This is my blood” over and over again and Christ comes down and replaces the bread and wine with Himself.

Biblically we see so many errors with this and for the sake of time we won’t get all into it* but if I’m hearing correctly, this sounds like witchcraft. To say a “specific spell” and bring something from the spiritual into the physical is by definition witchcraft and there is nothing scriptural about Christians believing and acting this way!

Also, lets look at the fact that they’re teaching cannibalism; yet when reading their
apologetic arguments on this, they refer to John Ch. 6, so to get a better understand let’s go ahead (and save your place in 1 Corinthians 11) and turn there.

*For information regarding the dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church, please review the TTUF the first two articles of The Roman Catholic Church: Its Dogma and Destiny.

Part One

Part Two

JOHN 6:51-59
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54Whoso eateth myflesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum
.

And after that it reads in vs. 60: many therefore of his disciples when they heard this grabbed a fork and knife and ate him.

NO, they said this is “an hard saying who can hear it?”!

Keep reading . . .

JOHN 6:61-­63

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was
before?
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life
.

Jesus says His words are Spirit and they are life. He spoke to people in such a way, so that they would ask questions, and want to know the truth. His parables were for those who had hardened hearts and just heard what they wanted.

Let’s finish the next couple verses.

JOHN 6: 64­-66
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him
.


Because they couldn’t understand His words they left Him. Words have meaning and it’s important that we understand them because Jesus tells us He is the Word. We are called to ‘chew on’ what He says (Ps. 1:2; John 8:31), to get in there and feed on His words which give life.

You see, I don’t like to follow the practice of ‘What Would Jesus Do’ because we don’t know, but we can see ‘What Did Jesus Do’!!
Jesus taught hard sayings so His true disciples would ask questions and want to know the truth! Those that stayed with Him got to know Christ and what the words of eternal life are!

That takes us to our text in 1 Corinthians 11th .

I’m going to read a little backwards because it’s important also to understand the severity of this passage, so let’s go ahead and start in:

1 CORINTHIANS 11:27-29
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body
.


The Lord says through the apostle Paul to examine, right now whether you want to know Him and have understanding. He’s not a God of confusion but His words can be confusing to those who aren’t serious about Him [and even at times for those who are young in the faith].

He says that if you eat and drink unworthily, meaning without understanding then you bring damnation to yourself, because you don’t understand the purpose of communion [which is to remember the LORD’s death until He comes again. It is to appreciate what our salvation cost Him and how thankful we should always be that our sins were paid for at Christ’s expense].

Everywhere you read about communion in the Scriptures, it means the same as fellowship which is an interesting reference to Acts 2:42; it already mentions fellowship. I think the Lord is emphasizing that we are to know Him, to have fellowship with Him and to know his teachings; and to remember Him, and what’s He’s done for us!


1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-­26
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come
.

His body was broken and His blood was shed for you! The Lord said in:

MATTHEW 26:28
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins
.

Was His blood shed at the time that He said this? No; so clearly He was talking about what was coming! Remember that! That’s a command!
Don’t do this in vain repetition seeking to make yourself holy in some sort of sacrament.
He says that brings damnation on you [if you partake in an unworthy or inappropriate manner]!

What’s interesting and blows my mind is that this reminds me of how fleshly and proud we are; how we as people can turn Jesus’ commands into some sort of works-based salvation!
To me that is Satan and his minions little battle victory, when we as people manipulate
God’s Word and turn a good work and a holy commandment into religion.

There’s a couple different works that God tells us to do and they are good. Works aren’t bad. We see that faith without works is dead (James 2:20, 26), but the church today is so scared and numb to this idea because so many use works as a means of salvation. God calls us to be baptized, which is a great work!
It represents us dying to self, being reborn and resurrected in the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our old man is buried and we have new life in Christ! See Romans 6:2-4.

PRAISE GOD! AMEN!

He doesn’t say continually do this. It’s a representation.
He also tells us to break bread. He says to do this continually, remembering Him until He
comes back! This is a great work. It reminds us to remember His death, the necessary payment for our atonement!

This first work, baptism, He says to do once, the next work He says do continually but never does He put any emphasis on it being a means of remission of sins.

My encouragement to you is to examine, and humble yourself, question whether you’ve turned a great work of Christ into a vain repetition or even worse brought damnation upon yourself. When we take communion, don’t try and be ‘super spiritual’, in order to look good; we need to be real and open before the LORD, confessing our sins and reconciling with God in our relationship with Him.
Remember His work and fellowship with Him and one with another!
AMEN? AMEN!

Some additional observations regarding the Breaking of Bread – by James Fire

It’s noteworthy to remember that our LORD sweat great drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane; the word ‘Gethsemane’ in Greek means “oil press” and our LORD was certainly being crushed by the weight and burden of this tremendous deed that waited before Him – bearing the sin and the subsequent judgment for all humanity before God the Father! His substitutionary death on the Cross was the work He alone accomplished for salvation – and this breaking of bread, or the LORD’s table or communion is the memorial for it, instituted by the LORD Himself.

We have the elements before us: the bread and the wine which we partake of in this fellowship with the LORD and His body – the assembly of the saints, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ.
It’s important to realize that bread is made possible only when the wheat kernels from which it’s made are crushed into a fine flour. Likewise the wine can only be partaken of if the grapes are crushed and their juices released; once crushed the wheat and the grapes are indistinguishable from one another, and they all become ‘one’. Meditate on the truth of the necessity in our LORD being crushed in order for us to find fellowship with our Father and unity among believers!

This is the body of Christ, the called out assembly (“church”), the saints who are born again of the Spirit – the body which our LORD prayed for in John Ch. 17:

JOHN 17:20-21
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me
.

In this ministration of communion we find that this fellowship brings unity and a spiritual cohesion to all members of the body, and according to the prayer of our LORD, this unity is to be expressed in such power that it mirrors that same unity among the Godhead: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

This fellowship with the LORD Who is Light, enables us to likewise have fellowship one with another (1 John 1:6-7).

Another aspect of Communion that I would like to address a bit more:

1 CORINTHIANS 11:27-32
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world
.

This is a sacred time before the LORD, and we should take such time to conduct a ‘spiritual inspection’ of sorts, just as David spoke of in the Psalms:

PSALM 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting
.

To partake of communion therefore with an unrepentant heart, that is, without proper confession of sins committed is a very grave offense. The apostle Paul warned and admonished us saints that if we would “judge ourselves” then the LORD wouldn’t have to. So let us confess our sins for He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us (1 John 1:9). Remember that when Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from God and could not fellowship; likewise if we sin and walk in darkness, we cannot have fellowship with the LORD (1 John 1:6).

So let us confess, repent and receive the grace of God for the forgiveness of our sins, walking away from such darkness and enter into the LIGHT of the LORD, enjoying blessed fellowship and communion with Him and His saints! A
MEN!
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

THIRD WAVE TSUNAMI OF DECEIT (RIDING The THIRD WAVE INTO The LAST DAYS) – PART II

For those who are new to this series produced jointly by AMOS 37 ministries and TTUF, we have three contributing writers expounding upon these three aspects of The THIRD WAVE:

Keith McKenzie – 1) The Third Wave: The Religious aspect
Anne Kisly – 2) The Third Wave: The Political aspect
James Fire – 3) The Third Wave: The Economic aspect


Here are the articles already produced by AMOS 37 for your consideration:

THIRD WAVE TSUNAMI of DECEIT – ORIGINS Part One

THIRD WAVE TSUNAMI of DECEIT – An ANCIENT LIE Part Two

And here is TTUF’s first article on THIRD WAVE TSUNAMI of DECEIT – RIDING the THIRD WAVE INTO The LAST DAYS

We now pick up where we left off in our treatment of the Economic Aspect of the Third Wave – this Destructive Tsunami:

A bit more on the issue of central banks and those who attempted or succeeded in stopping them . . .
~*~What is sobering is that the three men who were successful at stopping a central bank from taking root, or had intentions of removing the power of the central bank known as the Federal Reserve were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield and John F. Kennedy (Andrew Jackson’s assassination attempt failed altogether).

Here is a video that addresses the assassination of J.F.K. and the reason for it.
When one acquires all that can be had in financial power, the only game left is political power and ultimately that on a global scale . . .

On a broader scope, here is Kennedy in a Presidential address to the American people, speaking on related issues:

Part One on JFK’s Take On Secret Societies and Conspiracies

Part Two on JFK's Take On Secret Societies and Conspiracies

For a detailed interview on the foremost authority on what happened on Jeykll Island in the formation of the Federal Reserve, read the following:

The SECRETIVE CREATION of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.

Yet while the creation of this magnificent, marvelous monster of make-believe bogus money has produced debt unheard of in modern times; there are even more organizations as well as foundations* that have been created to steer us towards this Third Wave world and the ultimate formation of global governance. There was a transition from powers that controlled nations within the borders of said nations to powers that were Para-national and controlled nations from without, that is, on a global basis.

* - Essentially a foundation (such as Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller and others) is a tax-exempt entity that is able to straddle the borders between nations to accomplish certain purposes that could not be obtained internally.

Watch this video on what Foundations are all about with Dr. Stan Monteith interviewing Norman Dodd (59 mins 06 secs).

In order to establish Globalism then and to ensure the power thereof remains in the hands of the few, global organizations must be established and at least initially ‘kept under the radar’ so that they may do their work unimpeded.

"The world of the future will be a safer place if we continue to work together in a rule-based system that offers enormous incentives for people to find ways to cooperate and to give up their old hatreds and their impulses to violence and war."
~ President Bill Clinton


What ‘rule-based system’ did Clinton mean? For one, the World Trade Organization, which feigns to be an independent organization free from the reins of any other organization or sovereign nation; in fact, it is the financial ‘tool shed’ of the UN which utilizes its economic power to accomplish the UN’s purposes . . .

“Do you wonder what those "enormous incentives" might include? Or what those "old hatreds" imply? Considering that the WTO is a vital arm of the United Nations’ management system -- which aims to control and monitor natural, human, and social capital around the world -- you can be sure that the incentives will help quench any resistance to its envisioned reign. Hard to believe? Then look at some of the evidence (included in the link below from Crossroad ministry with Berit Kjos).


Where ever the WTO as well as other agencies such as UNSO, ECA, UNICEF, UNCTAD, IMF and others are involved in ‘helping’ countries, not excluding the United States, they want their pound of flesh, that is, the yielding (to one degree or another) of their sovereignty and relinquishing control in part or whole in whatever capacity to the UN. An organization whose ultimate goal is globalism:

YIELDING U.S. SOVERIGNTY TO UN RULES. Rule-making and standard-setting are key to managing the global population in a ‘Culture of Peace’ – one that forbids politically incorrect opposition, conflict, contrary facts, and biblical truth. In his Executive Order 13132, President Clinton turned American federalism upside down by indicating that states would be accountable to standards, to ambiguous ‘principles,’ and to the consensus process according to needs determined at the national level. This step was a prerequisite to fulfilling UN demands for worldwide compliance with the evolving system for global governance.”

Prior to the WTC there was GATT, another organization whose eye steadfastly gazed towards the goal of Globalism of the Socialist sort:

"Not only is the ‘Trojan Horse’ mentioned at the end of Part 4 of this series a useful device for gradualist change agents to alter people’s spiritual values, but their political-economic values, too. In The Autobiography of James T. Shotwell (1961), this Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace described his plan developed in the early 1930s for lessening international trade barriers. 


"Shotwell had helped plan the League of Nations and the U.N., as well as inspire the founding of the International Labor Organization. And in his autobiography, he said: ‘The main idea was simple—nations which raised the wages and standard of living in the production of goods should have favored tariff treatment in the country to which they were exported. The plan was directed against the argument for high tariffs because of low wage costs in other countries…. Neither Mr. [Cordell] Hull [FDR’s Secretary of State) nor his economic assistants liked the scheme, because of its lack of fundamental free trade principle. I said it was the Trojan Horse to get inside the protectionist walls.’

"Shotwell’s strategy reached its fulfillment with the enactment of GATT and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as part of the globalist elite’s plan to have a global economy as a prelude to a global civilization.
"On NBC’s Today Show (June 26, 1996), Jean Houston said, ‘We’re moving towards a Planetary Civilization,’ and the New Age movement fits well with the globalist elite’s plan also to use educational reform (transformation) to help facilitate their desired World Socialist Government.

"That a World Socialist Government is the goal of the Power Elite can be seen in Power Elite agent and World Federalist Mortimer Adler’s Haves Without Have-Nots (1991) in which he asserted that the U.S., NATO, the Soviet Union, etc. will be replaced by the USDR (Union of Socialist Democratic Republics).

Political and economic homogeneity will occur in “a new First World order in the next century” (21st century), as there will be a redistribution of wealth from the “have” to the “have-not” nations (concept supported by the Earth Charter and President Barack Obama). Adler professed that ‘this can be done only by the regulation of a world economy by a world government.’ All participating nations must be ‘socialist,’ and surrender ‘every vestige of national sovereignty in dealing with one another.’ World government would preclude nations’ ‘foreign policies, military installations and personnel, and immigration barriers’."

"As this global system breaks down national economic barriers, the global elite will argue that a global economy must be managed by a global government. In his book, Knoke affirms that “The foundations to such a reordering have already been laid in the path-breaking World Trade Organization… a limited world government with sovereignty over world trade… [through which] member governments have voluntarily yielded sovereignty over domestic laws governing the environment, food, safety and way of life.

"‘Voluntarily’ yielded? How ‘voluntary’ was it, when Felix Rohatyn testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on November 15, 1994 supporting GATT implementing legislation, and said: 'The World financial markets are now more integrated today than the world trading system…. The financial markets are assuming ratification of GATT…. A change in U.S. attitudes, as represented by a negative vote in the Congress, would carry with it the potential for the most serious consequences in the financial markets'"?

The above quotes taken from the article by Dr. Dennis Cuddy, A BOLD NEW WORLD and FORCES TOO POWERFUL


So it can be readily observed by the plans of these ‘Goblins*’ that a political entity of Global proportions will have its needs furnished by Global Economic Blocks of Power (multinational corporatism), whose reins are held tightly by the Power Elite, so that these will work in conjunction with the Global Spiritualism that will reinforce both.

* A derisive term for ‘globalist’.

Another heavy hitter for global economics is NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) which, according to Henry Kissinger is not about “a conventional trade agreement, but the architecture for a new international system”.

Read the actual Los Angeles Times newspaper article here

In the advancement of this global governance, the European Union is leading the way; previously to the birth of this Union, there was the European Community and some time before that there was EFTA (European Free Trade Association) which is more or less the model of our own NAFTA and more currently the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). I anticipate that we will see very soon a North American Community or perhaps the Power Elite will bypass this and go directly to the North American Union.

What must be noted is that in the formative years of what would eventually become the European Union, there was the understanding that European nations which for centuries warred against one another (and recent to the actions and plans for this supra-national organization, WW II) must find a path to peace and a cessation of such violence; they decided that by merging heavy industries (steel and coal), linking them across borders to form a cohesive entity, this would establish shared interests among the participating nations which would help to pave the way towards political and governmental coherence and a lasting peace.

And of course the EU is the model by which other Unions will be (and are being) established across the globe; thus we can expect that the Economic aspect of this Third Wave Tsunami of Deception to further this global enterprise of evil.

As mentioned previously, there are different global unions on the drawing board or actualized today. These are the very economic/political building blocks that, once linked together, will form the unified global governance. So said Under-Secretary of State and CFR member, George Ball:

“… if we could internationalize by using the UN in conjunction with the Soviet Union . . . we could begin to transform the shape of the world and might get the UN back to doing something useful . . . sooner or later we are going to have to face restructuring our institutions so that they are not confined merely to the nation-states. Start first on a regional and ultimately you could move to a world basis.”

For more on all of this, check out the following RED PILL articles:

ROUND TABLES

BROTHERHOOD of DARKNESS

A significant part of the Third Wave economics is a ‘mashing together’ of capitalism and socialist/fascist/communist systems into a communitarianism form of government and economy. Again we see the Hegelian Dialectic here just as it’s manifested in so many other systems. Thesis and anti-Thesis merging together to form a synthesis; in this case a kind of Capitalist-Marxist amalgam that supposedly will retain the individualism of the capitalist enterprise, but including governmental oversight that ensures to meet the needs of all uniformly, so that no one ‘is left behind’.
Yet there are many different versions of the Third Way (Wave) economics, irrevocably tied to its political twin (for an examination of these, visit this site).

The following is a quote from this article:

“With the collapse of the USSR, the demise of the welfare state in the West, and the deepening capitalist crises throughout the third world, a broad gamut of Third Ways emerged, each claiming to define a new direction between capitalism and socialism. The Anglo-American Third Way of Blair, Clinton, and Schröder is thus one variant on a theme: an attempt to capture the profound popular disenchantment with the social and economic failures of free-market capitalism and Soviet communism and their moral bankruptcy. Each variant of the Third Way reflects distinct political cultures and social structures as well as very different political projects.”

Another article related somewhat to the previous, specifically on this idea of American Fascism

Scores of proponents who seek advocacy and intervention by government via socialist reforms claim that capitalism just doesn’t work; that there are those extremely wealthy individuals who preside over their individual kingdoms, while the average person struggles just to make ends meet.

This is not a fault of capitalism however; this is a result of monopolizing enterprises which are virtual cartels in corporate form that eliminates competition; such Power Blocks can easily bend political entities to their will and formulate laws that benefit themselves while killing off competitors. 


Socialism advocates of the lower level kind would like a heavy taxation placed upon these mega-wealthy people but because of their Foundations as well as tax exempt status and shelters, any sort of socialist reform would find them impervious. Yet these power elitists welcome socialism in any form (but most especially this Third Way method) because it’s a means of controlling ‘the little people’ while leaving themselves in power with impunity.
Needless to say socialism and fascism have their undoubted problems as well!
So what the power elite are proposing in the guise of benign leadership is this amalgam of these different forms into this Third Wave (Three Legged Stool theory) methodology and spawn communitarianism as a result.

Here we shall end Part II of this article, and we shall pick up for a third on this Economic Aspect of the Third Wave. Next we shall consider the work and thoughts of Amitai Etzioni, an Italian intellectual and political commentator and a university professor tenured at Columbia and Harvard and his familiar notion of ‘The Three Legged Stool’.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A STUDY in ACTS TWO: 42 - FOUR FACETS in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH –

SECOND FACET in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH:

FELLOWSHIP – as taught by JOSH BOUBION

Introduction: Have you ever felt that something is missing or something is wrong in your walk with the LORD? Is going to Church to study God’s Word enough? How about prayer and evangelism? And worship; are all of these enough?
As a believer all of these are essential necessities, and there is another part of our Christian life that is also an essential: fellowship!

1 JOHN 1:1-3
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
~*Why did the apostle John direct us to “the beginning”, and to Christ Who is from eternity and then in vs. 3 the apostle John mentions “fellowship” – what is the connection?


Fellowship - Koinonia in the Greek: speaks of having a unity, a oneness shared with others, a communion with each other. Its contact and connection, it’s sharing ourselves with others.


The Bible does not describe the Church as an organization, or corporation, or anything else but an organism; a single Body (See Rom. 7:4; 12:5; 1 Cor. 10:16; 12:12, 27; Eph. 3:6; 4:12; 5:23). It is living and vital and functions as it receives instruction from the Head of the Body, Jesus Christ.


We saints are like single cells in the huge body of Christ, whether in the feet, hands, or heart. We are working as the body of Christ to get God’s will done in this world.
Things flow together perfectly when believers are active in His Word, prayer, and in witnessing, worshipping and of course fellowshipping. That’s what keeps us spiritually active and fit. (It’s getting the Word out to unbelievers with the Gospel and believers in discipleship in the Scriptures).

This fellowship is manifested in 2 areas with our lives: fellowship with others and also fellowship with the Father and Christ Jesus. Let’s look at this fellowship we may have one with another, and we will examine our fellowship with the LORD God a bit later.

1 JOHN 1:3a

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us
. . .

* Fellowship with other believers: sometimes we forget what this means.

This does not mean having coffee and donuts after service. Some Church’s have fellowship halls; just entering into it does not mean you are fellowshipping. It’s not sitting and having a meal with others. (That is far from what the Bible talks about!)

Fellowship speaks of having a Commonality, a unity with each other, a singularity with one another. There needs to be a commonality, a connection.

Some examples in the natural are:

In Wisconsin everyone is a Packers fan, getting married to Bethany, the family asked me one question, who is your football team? There is a shared commonality: the Packers team.
If somebody drives next to you with the same radio station playing, and the same fish logo as yours. There is a commonality in shared musical taste and identity.
Married people seem to stick with married people; there is just an understanding among them. There is a commonality in experiencing the same kind of relationship with a significant other.
These are ways in which we find our comfort and identity in relating with others.

But what happens when you put on a different Jersey? Or listen to a different radio station? Or hang out with single people? People treat you differently.
As believers this is the change that happens in people’s relationship to us. We take on a different look, a different attitude, different goals, different convictions, a very different identity that reflects the godliness and Christ-likeness of our LORD – and this is why others separate themselves from our company (Luke 6:22).

For believers such carnal, worldly forms of unity will not do; there has to be a bond that is stronger than these, an eternal bond, not something that changes with the tide and circumstances of this world. A bond that is unbreakable, that ONLY GOD can create in us through the Person of Jesus Christ.

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-4

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others
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We all share the same truth in our lives as believers: that we could not live life on our own; we needed Jesus to save us and change us from our own sinful ways.
People can listen to music for hours, but can you listen to the Word? People can talk about heavy things to people at work, but can you speak of the Word with them?

The marriage relationship can be based on any commonality, but what of that commonality that is founded upon Christ when the “two shall become one flesh” being one with another. This speaks of marital spiritual unity which is of such highest quality and strength that it can only result from the LORD’s work in two Christians lives who love the Him more than anyone else, even each other!


When we have entered into this relationship with Christ, we enter into this oneness with other believers that are so close knit that it’s greater than even our relationships with our own family members or close friends. That’s the kind of fellowship John the apostle is talking about here!
There is consolation in Christ (Phil. 2:1-3) that brings the comfort of love, fellowship in the Spirit, and mercies abound among the saints as we become “likeminded” and lowly of mind, esteeming others higher than ourselves.


Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
.

Jesus is our Comforter (John 14:18); like wrapping a blanket around you when it’s freezing outside; God died for us, when we were in sin (John 3:16-18; Acts 20:28). He loved you then when you were in sin, how much more now in being a child of God (Rom. 5:8-9)? That is how we should treat those around us, good or bad, and love them according to the same grace that God has demonstrated towards us.


1 JOHN 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin
.

True Fellowship with others cannot happen unless you begin fellowship with Jesus. Isolating yourself and ‘doing your own thing’, staying away from others and growing on your own is dangerous; you become weird, and start developing your own beliefs and theology.

People who commit suicide usually don’t have strong fellowship with others, a lot of police reports say people that commit suicide usually are not found for days and when they are, they are isolated in their homes. Isolation is the very opposite of fellowship, and this is how the enemy seeks to defeat us (the “divide and conquer” tactic where he separates a single saint from the body, and begins to work condemnation and deception on them, driving them into guilt and despair). We need fellowship with the members of the body of Christ to maintain our spiritual health!

Where was the Christian that could have invited them to Bible study that day? It’s not about meeting your needs but (as Christ as our example) the needs of others. You have everything you need in Christ, so look after the interest of others now (Phil. 2), the LORD will take care of yours (Matt. 6:33).

Fellowship is a must! Again, why is this fellowship so important? Another reason is that Jesus said in John 17:21 it’s so that the world may believe that God the Father truly has sent the Son.
This is how you will be known: for your love for one another; the same quality of love that the LORD has for us (John 13:34-35); not how theologically smart or how educated you are, but the depth of our fellowship. Our Church will never be known as The Church but just a Church until we have this kind of true fellowship!

EPHESIANS 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


People want to know how our church (The House of Truth fellowship) is, and I let them know that we are no different than the early church. We follow the same practice:


ACTS 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Fellowship is hanging out but in a spiritual sense (John 15:1-15); it’s like eating together – you learn people’s likes and dislikes, ask questions of those around you. Don’t forget about PEOPLE for whom Christ died! Brothers and sisters in the faith who have the same Spirit of Christ living in them that you have!

We are going to be with these saintly PEOPLE for all eternity! Take down those boundaries around you . . . don’t be number One, be third (God first, others second, yourself third).

Being excited to tell others about yourself robs you from hearing from them. You burst out about you, and can ruin conversation about how you can encourage or bring comfort to others in the Name of Christ!

We can shine for Jesus in Fellowship -

ROMANS 15:25-26

But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.



Paul was giving a gift from the Gentiles, to the church in Jerusalem. He was moved to the point of compassion, he saw the need and met it. We read constantly how our own LORD was “moved with compassion” on the multitudes. Compassion is sympathy in action!

MATTHEW 14:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.


Remember being sick and not feeling like making yourself food? We need fellowship with others. Find someone who is sick, and make them some soup.
Imagine losing someone in your life, and having nobody to come over and comfort you? You can understand why you need friends that care for you. Become that friend as a believer in the lives of both believers and unbelievers, for whom you can be the hands and heart of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.


* Fellowship with the Father and Christ Jesus: How often do we get alone, apart from the world and even other believers, and spend time fellowshipping with God our Abba?

1 JOHN 1:3b

3 . . . and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ
.


I am surprised GOD WANTS FELLOWSHIP WITH US! That should be one of the most amazing and humbling thoughts we could ever have. The eternal God greatly desires to enter into fellowship with us, His beloved children!

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord
.


Paul goes on to say some call themselves followers of Paul or Cephas or Apollo’s (1 Cor. 1:12; 3:22). Talking about divisions in the Church! This is the first time we see denominationalism!
People may hear that you go to a Church that speaks in tongues, or that you got baptized a certain way, or that you go to a traditional Church; those are not important things - they are minor, we are not to separate ourselves when we hear other believers don’t believe as we do (preferring certain customs or traditions that are not unbiblical in themselves).

We are the church of Jesus Christ, not a denomination. That means there should be no walls of separation from those who belong to the church as we do; that means real conversation can happen, now the needs can be met, you now have the opportunity to reach out and minister.

As you open up your heart to receive this fellowship in Christ (by way of the spiritual rebirth) with God, something great happens – you receive the Holy Spirit within your heart, to live with you, that oneness with you, enabling you to obey God. See Rom 8:11, Acts 5:32, 1 Cor 3:16.

He is the ‘electricity’ within us; He empowers us and makes us what we are. Like anything that takes a battery source, it’s worthless without the power (Zech. 4:6; Matt. 28:18; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 4:33; Phil. 3:10).

Even when we make mistakes and run to Jesus to ask Him for forgiveness, He loves it so much!
Last night I turned on a foot massager that frightened Amariah, the first thing she did is turn around and look at Mommy and Daddy, and crawl as fast as she could to us. The joy that filled my heart to know she trusts us, to protect her, and hold her, and comfort her. This just a glimpse of what God feels when we come to Him in repentance of our sins or even just calling out to Him for help in time of need.

Fellowship with the LORD: this is the church’s purity, this is the church’s unity. If you were living in the days of the Aposotle’s, you ought to be in fellowship with them, not at variance with them, because of any denominational difference’s.
We are to come together and maintain our fellowship in the Spirit as the body (organism) of Christ; not gather together as merely a
n organized group of people!
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

A STUDY in ACTS TWO :42 - FOUR FACETS in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH

*ACTS 2:42
42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
FOUR FACETS in the FUNCTION of the CHURCH
There are four functions or practices that the true church of the LORD Jesus Christ followed and still follows today as the basis of our spiritual life and health; these four functions in this series will be taught by the following:

1) The apostle’s doctrine (taught by James Fire)
2) Fellowship (taught by Josh Boubion)
3) The breaking of bread (taught by Kyle Peart)
4) Prayers (taught by Josh Boubion)

There is another practice that is recognized as something previous to these others, that being baptism, which is to occur upon conversion as a result of believing the Gospel and repentance from sin.

Today we are going to look at “the apostle’s doctrine”.
~*DOCTRINE and the DOING

What is doctrine? The Greek word used here in this second chapter of Acts (and much of the New Testament) is didache, meaning “instruction (the act or the matter of); teaching: that which is taught or the act of teaching. The other NT word used is related, and these are the two Greek words used everywhere where “doctrine” is mentioned. The other word is didaskalia and it means, “that which is taught, the information that is learned.” Didache is doctrine that is given in teaching, didaskalia is doctrine that is received from those who are taught (disciples).

The process of learning doctrine is not merely for understanding the teachings of the Bible, but with the intent of obeying such teachings that are understood. It’s not enough to demonstrate knowledge of doctrine, but to “do the doctrine”. Consider the first two letters of this word, DOctrine.

Recall the words of Luke in the very beginning of the book of Acts:

*ACTS 1: 1

”The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach”


From the book of James we have the following:

*JAMES 1: 21 - 22

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


Note that we are to receive the Word with “meekness” or ‘teachable-ness’ you might say, with a willingness not just to learn, but to obey God’s Word. “Engrafted” insinuates the idea that our hearts receive, obey and conducts itself in harmony with the Word, absorbing it as ‘vital nutrients’ for our spirit, so that we are fully persuaded and influenced by the Word.
Understanding the commandments of the LORD without obedience is not only unprofitable, but can lead to dangerous ruin:

*MATTHEW 7: 24 - 27

24 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Just previously to this passage in Matthew the LORD speaks of that Day of Judgment when He will make this declaration to those who knew His Word, recognized His Lord-ship but were nonetheless disobedient to His commands:

*MATTHEW 7: 21 – 23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (See also Luke 6:46).


One can easily equate “the will of the Father” which is Truth with “the Word of Life” – the Holy Scriptures of Truth as the inspired Word or doctrine in its general sense, and the LORD Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word.
Obedience to the doctrines of the Word of God is not motivated by seeking self-improvement, reward or spiritual benefit and blessing (though these will undoubtedly be realized in the life of the believer, both in this world and in the next), but solely because of our love (1 Cor. 13) for the LORD Who loved us first (1 John 4:19) and proved it by purchasing us by His own blood (Acts 20:28):


The KEEPSAKES FROM CHRIST

*JOHN 14: 21, 23-24

21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.”

The words “keep” and “keepeth” are very interesting; it’s the same Greek word employed in the 1st Epistle of John:

*1 JOHN 2: 3-5

3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”


The Greek word is tereo and it means “a watch, to watch over with care, to guard (from loss or injury), to keep in custody, to reserve, to observe, to preserve, to hold fast”. It’s the same word used for the salvation imparted to souls that have received Christ as LORD and Savior. This description reminds me of the Psalmists words that states he has hid (or kept one might say) the Word in his heart; such hiding or keeping produces a sanctifying effect (John 17:17):

*PSALM 119:11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”


Holding fast very much conveys the same idea as “keeping” as found here:

*2 TIMOTHY 1:13

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.


ECU-UNITY or UNITY in the WORD? –

There is much about ecumenism today and the supposed need of creating unity, even at the expense of putting aside doctrinal differences; however when one considers that the only doctrine or teaching that we accept as the church is the teaching as given to us exclusively by God in His Word, to put such aside is NOT a viable option!

As we grow in the LORD, and come to understand His Word and obey it, we will find that “the unity of the faith [and] the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:13) expressed in the Scriptures needs no endorsements by any church organization: the truth stands on its own, and we owe our allegiance to the Word and its doctrine by which we have “one faith” (Eph. 4:5) and not to any ecumenical movement.
Is doctrine then important? Is it something that we can ‘lay aside’ with the intent of coming together with others for the sake of ‘unity’? What will be sacrificed if we ignore the doctrine of the Word in favor of the ecumenical endeavors of religions and religious groups that are intent on an amalgam of all religious persuasions? And to what end? Scripture speaks plainly of such things (Revelation 17).

Doctrine teaches us how to live as pleasing to the LORD; ecumenism teaches us how to live as pleasing religious authorities and philosophical ideologies, which the Word warns us against (Col. 2:8). Unity is expressed not only in the body of Christ, but also in the individual believer as not having divided loyalties or influences, but only to and by Christ Jesus alone, Who is LORD (Ps. 86:11).


AUTHORITY of ‘A’POSTLES or ‘B’POSTLES?

There are those that question the authenticity and authority of the apostle’s doctrine and likewise question those that follow their doctrine, suggesting that the teachings of Jesus are in some way different than that of His apostles. This is hardly the case however.
The apostles elaborated on and expanded upon the teachings of Jesus, but not by their own wisdom or understanding but by the Spirit of God Himself (2 Peter 1:19-21) being their teacher, and as authorized by the LORD Jesus Christ Himself.

This is precisely what the LORD told His disciples who later became apostles in John’s Gospel:

*JOHN 16: 12-14
12 “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”


Earlier in chapter 14 we have the following:

*JOHN 14: 26
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.


It’s important then to realize that everything that the LORD Jesus Christ taught in the Gospels that is needful for the church, is elaborated on in the epistles and because these men were inspired by the very Spirit of Christ, these teachings are as authoritative as those by the LORD Himself.

By the same token, there are various movements today, such as the Manifest Sons of God and the New Apostolic Reformation that make claims of not only possessing such Inspired authority as the original apostles, but that their authority exceeds even theirs as well as the written Word of God! Yet the Word of God is authenticated by what is known as the test of canon – every Word given is verified by all preceding revelation and includes prophetic content that is likewise verifiable.

The GOSPEL and DISCIPLESHIP – TWO COMMANDS, ONE GREAT COMMISSION

Immediately prior to the Ascension of the LORD Jesus Christ, He gave commandments to His disciples, one of which was to preach the Gospel “to every creature” (Mark 16:15; Col. 1:23); the other was to teach all nations:

*MATTHEW 28: 18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


The Greek word for “preach” is kerusso and it means “to be a herald, to publish, to proclaim divine truth (of the gospel), to preach the Word but with special emphasis on the Gospel.
The Greek word for “teach” is matheteuo and it means “to introduce as a pupil, to disciple, enroll as a scholar, to instruct; Mt. 27:57 carries the sense of being the disciple of a person.

Of course the Gospel is required for salvation, but then upon that foundation which is Christ, one must build ‘the house of doctrine’ as it were, using only those materials that are found within the pages of Scripture. Any man-made materials will make such a sacred structure unsound and unsuitable for the Christian to dwell in.

MILK AND MEAT –

It would be pointless to teach someone as a disciple who first did not place faith in Christ and believe the Gospel, which was preached to all who believe; as they are without the Spirit of God prior to salvation, they couldn’t understand, much less obey the teachings of Scripture.
Yet, once the Gospel is received, and the Spirit of God as a result then comes the proper order of justification by faith and afterwards sanctification by faith, as one is discipled in the doctrine of the Word.

The Scriptures are replete with the teaching of doctrine and with the command to teach doctrine to saints. Doctrine is considered both “milk” and “meat” which is to say, some doctrines are for those who are spiritual infants and have need of milk; others are growing in spiritual maturity and require meat or “strong meat” (1 Cor. 3:1-2; Heb 5: 12-13). Both the simple truth of God's Word and the deep things of God are needed for our spiritual health.

*ISAIAH 28: 9-10

9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:


The words “precept” and “line” in the Hebrew connote construction terms; in Isaiah 28:16 the “precious cornerstone” is the LORD Jesus Christ. In typical architecture the cornerstone was chiseled and shaped to perfect angles from which the parameters of the prospective building has its walls measured from with an impeccable 90 degree angle.
Spiritually speaking these precepts and lines are truths revealed in the Word of God that speak of, and are derivative of the “chief cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6) which is the Word Incarnate, testified of by the Word Inspired (John 5:39). Any doctrine that contradicts the words as well as the nature of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels is not in accord with the Cornerstone, and on this basis alone must be rejected.

DOCTRINAL DESTINATIONS and THEIR SOURCES

Depending on what one receives by way of teaching, one may arrive at different destinations. For those who receive only from God’s Word, they shall find the Kingdom of God and all that this entails. For those however who receive the words of human beings, they will be excluded from the Kingdom of God and find themselves in the opposing camp, the Kingdom of Darkness!

Compare the following two verses:

*MATTHEW 7:28-29

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.


*MATTHEW 15:8-9

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
(See also Matt. 16:12 regarding the leaven, or doctrine of the Pharisees.)

*EPHESIANS 4:14

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Thus we see two different sources of doctrine, but there is actually a third which I believe is closely associated with “the commandments [or doctrines] of men”:


*1 TIMOTHY 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

*2 TIMOTHY 4: 2-3
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;



DISCERNMENT COMES FROM DOCTRINE –

Thus there is a need for discernment in order to differentiate between all of these sources (God, man, Satan), and this is something obtained by the child of God by both the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 John 4:6) and by the constant study and application of the Word of God with increasing degrees of maturity (Heb. 4:12; 5:14). This is why there is such deception in the church today, because so-called Christians and even Christians are not continuing in the Word (the observing, understanding and practice of) as every true disciple of Christ does (John 8:31-32).


DELIVERANCE by DOCTRINE –

*ROMANS 6:16-18

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.


If we were to lay aside doctrine and obedience to it, for the sake of ‘unity’ as ecumenists would have us do, then we could never be free from the bondage of sin and death and have the liberty experienced by the slaves of righteousness.
Obedience from the heart of the doctrine of God will bring liberty and freedom from sin and death. This is as true for the saint as it is for the sinner who first believes the Gospel. The saint can experience strongholds of sin that keep him from walking freely; obedience from the heart of the doctrine of God will liberate us from such strongholds.
We have the Word of God; we have the Spirit of God, let us obey God and know freedom! It’s the lie of the enemy that says “You will never be free; you will have this until your dying day!”


DISCIPLESHIP IN DOCTRINE

Recall what was spoken by the LORD, the Supreme and only Authority of the church which He purchased with His own blood:

*JOHN 8: 31-32
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


This word “continue” is not the same word used in Acts 2:42; the Greek word employed here is meno, and it means basically, “to abide, to dwell, to endure, to tarry.” To abide in God’s Word much as a tree abides by streams of flowing water and grows abundantly:

*PSALM 1: 2-3
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


*ACTS 2: 42
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Here, the word used is proskartereo, meaning “earnest towards, persevere, constantly diligent, to attend to [without ceasing], to adhere closely to, to wait upon” and this is in relation to the study of the Word and of prayer. This same word is used elsewhere:

*ACTS 1:14
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

*ACTS 2:46
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

*ROMANS 12:12
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

*COLOSSIANS 4: 2
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

*ACTS 10:7
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

As a child of God, one of the indicators of true conversion, a character trait as it were of the Spirit that indwells believers and a fruit of His labor of love in us, is that we continue in this spiritual walk with the LORD (Gal. 5:22-23; note "faith" which will overcome eventually through Christ (alone!) the strongholds of sin). We may falter, we may stumble and fail, but the Spirit doesn't allow us to give up nor does He permit any child of God to continue in living a life of sin. 1 John 3:8-10 speaks on this and the how the child of God "cannot [continue in] sin" as a 'death-style'.
Just a few more things about doctrine that is the teachings of God’s Word, the truth that it is . . .

DIVISIONS by DOCTRINE

*ROMANS 16: 17 -18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.


In these extreme days of the apostasy which we are living in, we who love the truth of God’s Word, who point out error in the teachings of others, who refuse to remain silent while the masses in our churches swallow the ecumenically correct message from the lips of an illegitimate ecclesial priesthood that is beyond question and not accountable, that is anything but the true Gospel and truth of God’s Word are seen as divisive, judgmental, unloving, contentious, etc.

Yet here Paul admonishes the brethren to take not of those who CREATE DIVISION by CONTRARY TEACHINGS that OPPOSE GOD’S WORD – and Paul says to avoid them (See also 1 John 1:10)! He gave strict orders to Timothy that no other doctrine is allowed to be taught in the church (1 Tim. 1:3-4). There are thirteen references to the word “doctrine” in the 1st and 2nd epistles of Timothy. Doctrinal truth is not merely important, IT IS VITAL for the body of Christ, more so than vitamins for a human body!

So those who bring God’s Word of Truth in opposition to false teaching are not the ones creating division, it’s the ones that buy into any popular teaching for our “Best Life Now” nonsense or “Purpose Driven” drivel that cause this division.

And over all it’s the WORD of GOD that divides what is true and what is false, and this is what we need to discern, i.e. “to judge” what teaching is good and what is bad (John 7:24; Acts 17:11; Heb. 5:14). We are as loving as we possibly can be when we expose spiritual poison to others who would consume it! We are to contend for the faith without being contentious, but diligent and bold!

DISCOVERY by DOCTRINE

*1 TIMOTHY 6: 3-4
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,


Doctrine of God’s Word is what we need in order to prosper, to have abundance in spiritual understanding and maturity, to be equipped for the work of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God, but only inasmuch that we continue in its study and its application (motivated by our LORD’s love for us, and our love for Him!) in our lives, by God’s grace and His Spirit. The Word tells us that if any aren’t consenting to the Holy Bible and the truth it teaches, that such a one is proud, spiritually ignorant and can offer nothing to us but bad fruit (“envy, strife” etc).

*2 TIMOTHY 3:15-17
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


The WORD is our sure and steadfast compass in this world prone to storms and 'navigationally impossible' climates, and its tenets will guide and teach us throughout this life and provide (2 Peter 1:3) those corrective aspects necessary should we begin to go astray.

In the above reference from 2 Timothy we see four doctrinal instruments that will lead us in the way everlasting, and keep us from error:

1) Doctrine – which tells us what is right and true.
2) Reproof – that which is not right and requires correction.
3) Correction – Instructs us on how to get right.
4) Instruction in Righteousness – How to keep right.

This concludes this ‘First Function’ for this series on ACTS 2:42. Next will be the ‘Second Function’ of the church, that is “fellowship” as taught by Josh Boubion.

MAY THE LORD BLESS HIS SAINTS IN THE CONTINUANCE OF STUDY AND OBEYING GOD'S MOST HOLY WORD and in the MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ALIVE AND ACTIVE IN OUR LIVES TO CONFORM US INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST!
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Spectacular New Film - Evolution vs. God

by A.M. Kisly

We don't usually advertise on this website, however there is a Spectacular New Film called, Evolution vs. God, a must see for every Christian family.

You are all familiar with Ray Comfort, president and CEO of the ministry Living Waters.  He has produced two other very excellent and controversial films called,  180 and GENIUS.  This new film, Evolution vs. God,  is challenging to unbelievers as well as faith affirming to all who are saved!

I highly recommend to everyone to obtain for yourselves a copy of this film.  The download is available from Living Waters Ministry for only $4.99 - very affordable.





The following is a short preview of the film:

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW: Ch. 5 (1 0f 3) - The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James J. Fire

Chapter 5:9-16

We continue now learning from the Messiah and hear the Kingdom message He declares. Once again we must recognize that the Kingdom of heaven is in a very real sense, a sort of sub-set or division under the over all Kingdom of God. In the Kingdom of heaven there are wheat and tares; there are good fish and bad, there is “the enemy” – hardly what one would think should be present in such a kingdom.
Yet we understand that this Earth is polluted by such things, though God is present (behind the scenes as it were) and working to accomplish His objectives which will ultimately bring the Messiah King back to this rebel planet known as Earth, ruling and reigning and ‘cleaning house’ as it were of all things that offend.
This will become quite observable once the LORD Jesus Christ returns and commences the Kingdom given back to Israel in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, the veritable “kingdom of heaven” itself!

So as we learn more of this Sermon on the Mount, let’s not forget that though these Scriptural truths are entirely applicable for learning by us saints, who are of the church, its primary focus is in fact the Kingdom of Heaven, the reign of the Messiah and Israel in her glory during the Millennial reign . . .MATTHEW 5:9

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God
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The world, for all its pretense of worship of God in the myriad of religions that span the horizons, is in actuality at war with the true God and proves their satanic origins. Religion is incapable (as is man himself) of creating a nature and a life that God would approve of. Religion at best can only reform; only the Spirit of God can transform.

I love John MacArthur’s address on this issue of just “two religions”. Did you realize that in all the wide world, there really are only two religions? It’s true; have a listen to ‘Johnny Mac’ in this short video explaining the truth of just Two Religions, based on Gal. 6:11-16.


This enmity will culminate when the Beast of Revelation leads his armies into Armageddon (that is, the Valley of Megiddo, which I myself have seen twice now; perhaps the third time it will be from the heavenly mezzanine! See Rev. 16:12-16; 19:20-21; Isaiah 10:28-34; 63:1-6; Zech. 12:1-14) to destroy Israel, only to witness the intervention of the Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ at His Second Advent. The utterly ridiculous will then occur – the Beast and his armies will actually turn their weapons upon God. Holy incredulity will bring laughter from the lips of our LORD who will then express His derision and begins to destroy the blasphemous edifices of man’s world system (Psalm 2:1-12; 9:6-20).


JAMES 4:4

4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God
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ROMANS 5:9-11

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement
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ROMANS 8:6-8

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God
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Becoming citizens of heaven by the spiritual rebirth in Christ, we are now warriors of God that wage holy battles against Satan and his principalities and powers (Eph. 6:10-18). We are also ambassadors to fallen humanity, seeking for the enmity between God and man to be dealt with, and relieved, so that reconciliation and peace with God may be experienced by those who surrender themselves at the Cross (2 Cor. 5:18-21; Heb. 2:17; Rom. 5:1-2).

It’s a sobering thought that as God’s peacemaking ambassadors, we shall one day be removed from these hostile territories that continues unrelentingly in its war and strife against the LORD and that this is one of the first courses of action taken when one nation declares war on another – the removal of its ambassadors and shutting down their embassies.

Once we, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ depart from this world in the rapture (1 Thess. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-57), God shall finally declare war on this Satanically inspired world that will openly defy Him by worshipping His enemy, the fallen cherub Lucifer (Isaiah 14; Ezek. 28) also known as Satan. Yet even in the midst of such terrible judgment, God will temper such with grace and opportunity to turn to Him for salvation (Rev.7:13-15). God will commission yet more peacemakers to herald the Gospel of the Kingdom with the two witnesses and 144,000 Jewish evangelists (See Rev. 11:2-4; 7:1-9)!


The peacemakers of God are the Gospel heralders of God, for it’s only by the preaching of the Gospel and believing from the heart in the LORD Jesus Christ and His atonement for our sins that peace with God can be obtained (Rom. 5:1; 10:15; Eph. 6:15). However, as mentioned already, this dark world, filled with dark souls, have no desire for the Light and hate the Light as well as those who bring the Light of God to them (Matthew 5:14; Phil. 2:15), thus the peacemakers become the persecuted.


MATTHEW 5:10

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
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The LORD ends this portion of His sermon where He began it – at the kingdom of heaven; at the beginning He spoke of those who are poor in spirit, and here He speaks of the persecuted who suffer such because of righteousness.
The righteousness of Christ imputed (Rom. 4:11, 22-24) to such who are poor in spirit, thus making them rich spiritually (Rev. 2:9) is something that is despised by this world because of its pride and insistence in providing their own (dead) works for salvation – the quintessential element of self-righteous religion and works of the flesh (Rom. 8:7-9; Gal. 2:16; 5:18-20).

I find it ironic that Christians who proclaim the Gospel of grace, and profess quite readily that they themselves are sinners who in their own right are deserving of hell (1 Tim. 1:14-15) and but for the unmerited favor of God, and having received the gift of eternal life are labeled by the world as ‘self-righteous’ when the very opposite is true.

Those engaged in ritual, ceremony, works, penance, mystical exercises, and all other religious forms that demand self-effort in order to achieve by their own merit the rewards, in view of such persuasions are the truly the self-righteous ones quite simply because they look to themselves for provision of righteousness!

In these days of increasing ecumenism and a push towards a one world religious system, any exclusive claims made by any religion must be deleted in order to fit in to this global apostate ‘church’ and yet Christians declare that it’s only through Christ Jesus that salvation and righteousness may be obtained. This is a non-negotiable that will (and has already the world over) earned the church persecution by the hands of those who despise such grace (Heb. 10:29).

The LORD states that those who are persecuted are “blessed” and this truly is our inestimable estate because of the reward we shall receive for enduring such “light afflictions” patiently (See Heb. 11:36-40; 1 Peter 2:19-21; 2 Cor.4:16-18).

He goes on in the following verses in Matthew’s Gospel:


MATTHEW 5:11-12

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you
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We know that the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD (Rom. 6:23), and that gifts are different than rewards obviously. Gifts are freely given at no charge to the recipient, but rewards are based upon merit.
While all saints will be granted access to heaven by grace and receive the blessedness inherent in that glorious place, not all saints will receive equitable levels of rewards but such will be based on how faithful we’ve been in conduct, in service, in the very worship of God by self-sacrificing our lives for the furtherance of the kingdom of God as well as dying to self that Christ may be glorified in us (See 1 Cor. 3:6-15; Dan. 12:3; Matt. 10:42; 25:23; Luke 6:35; Rom. 2:10; Eph. 6:8; 2 Tim. 2:12; also see various crowns earned for faithfulness: 1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 3:11).

It’s imperative to understand however, that any rewards we are given for any service done, any suffering endured, any stand for righteousness we may exercise is to bring glory to the LORD and not ourselves, because it’s only by the Spirit of the LORD. His divine love shall motivate and enable us to work such exploits for God.
Even in the giving of rewards there is a considerable measure of grace, for without the grace of God operating in yielded hearts intent on obedience to the LORD (1 Cor. 15:10; Heb. 4:16), such works would prove impossible for us creatures made of dust.


1 COR. 13:1-3

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
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
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REV. 4:9-11

9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created
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Please note that for the cause of Christ in suffering persecution, our LORD states that we will receive, not merely “reward” but “great reward” comparable to the prophets of old, like Isaiah (who was sawn in half for his holy testimony to the truth) and all the others who were likewise persecuted, even slain for righteousness sake!

The “evil speaking” against us that accompanies persecution should be false of course; as false as the witnesses against our LORD who couldn’t even agree among themselves what exactly He supposedly did that was sin (Mark 14:55-56). The LORD challenged His enemies to point out any sins He committed that could be used against Him (John 8:46), but they couldn’t name a single sin or fault – I wonder what my enemies could say about my own testimony for the LORD?

Finally its been said by many, especially by those here in America who observe such worldliness and carnality in the church, that we need some persecution to purge out these heinous things and be purified.
The sentiment is well received by yours truly and I know what those who say such things mean by them, but persecution in itself does not and can not purify. People of opposing religions have persecuted each other for centuries and this has done nothing to purify and make holy and clean such religious adherents.
Some believe that before the LORD can return, the church must be so purified so that she will be presentable to Him. Yet, it’s the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for the remission of our sins and that bestows the garments of salvation that makes us presentable, not suffering or suffering persecution (Rev. 19:7-9; Rom. 3:25).


Persecution (and suffering in general) is but a tool which the enemy would use to destroy the saints, but it’s rather more effectively used by the LORD for His own purposes of purifying His people (Job 23:10; Ps. 66:10-12; Is. 48:9-11; Mal. 3:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7; 4:12-14, 16, 19). God alone works purification and sanctification by His Spirit, not by the deeds of sinners who persecute saints.
What persecution does is it allows the saint to re-focus their attention and their hearts on the LORD and away from worldly pursuits and desires that would cause lukewarmness to set in; that refocusing in the midst of such hardships like suffering persecution is what is effective in the lives of believers who become ardent and persistent in their seeking God at such times.



MATTHEW 5:13-16

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Salt has long been known as a preservative, and the reason being is that when introduced to foods, particularly meats, it absorbs the water from invading bacteria, thus dehydrating them to the point where they simply die off
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Likewise light when can kill off fungus and molds when they are exposed to it; no longer safe in the dark where they thrive, light, especially ultra-violet light destroys the DNA of such growths, effectively doing away with them.

Spiritually speaking we who are salt and light are to ward off the spiritual infection sin and corruption by the Light of the LORD which like salt in an open wound stings the corrupted with conviction for their sin (Col. 4:5-6).

This is why any society may be potentially free from corruption in proportion to the indigenous church as it’s living in the Light of the LORD Who is Himself Light (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46), walking in purity and holiness (1 Tim. 1:5; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:22; Rom. 6:19). The church has a direct effect, by the Spirit of God, in warding off wickedness in a culture – if the church hasn’t lost its savor, if the Light given to the church has not been hidden.

This is not to say that sinners are compelled to refrain from sin because of the Light emanating from the church, but that the church is an influence of holiness that tends to convict the lost of their sin and inhibits (but doesn’t make it impossible for) their practice of the same.

What can we say then about Western civilization and America especially in light of this truth? When we bemoan the fact that such corruption is only increasing dramatically in these recent years, and lament over the deplorable immorality that plagues our nation, can we and should we ask ourselves what has gone wrong with the church of Jesus Christ? Where is her potency; where is her effectiveness as salt and light in combating corruption? Where is her ardent affection and submission to the Holy Word of God, both in believing all the counsel of God by faith and adhering to it by loving obedience?

What we see instead is a departing from the faith, that is, apostasy (1 Tim. 4:1), and the promotion of leaven (1 Cor. 5:7-8; Matt. 16:12) which flourishes in the lukewarm* church!

(* Leaven or yeast as we know it, cannot grow in cold water as it needs a temperature that will activate its production; hot water will kill yeast. The optimal condition for yeast to flourish in is in tepid (or lukewarm) water. No wonder the LORD admonishes us to have fervent and “hot” zeal and love for Him and His Word as this will ensure that such spiritually lethal leaven is killed off!)

It would seem the duty of every Christian, every saint bought with the blood of the LAMB, to seek the LORD and ask Him to reveal our own hearts (Psalm 139:23-24) for any wicked way that might be there; to shed His Light on such corruption to destroy it. Not only the world, but also the church herself (at least in this and some other nations) is infested with sin and corruption that has caused us to lose our spiritual potency! Israel who suffered its own apostasy during the days of Isaiah had the Word of the LORD given to them with very much the same kind of rebuke (Isaiah 1:1-31).

The LORD admonishes us, His children – the very saints of the Living GOD, to let His Light shine before all, not with the objective of ourselves being seen by others, but to allow our good works (and they are good only if they are born of God’s Spirit Who alone is truly good) to testify of the Father’s work in our lives, that He may be glorified and draw such wayward sinners to His Son (John 6:44).

On this sobering matter, let’s turn to the apostle Paul and hear what he has to say about this in his epistle to the Ephesians:


EPHESIANS 5:1-16

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil
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For your provision allow me to present FROM the MIND of FIRE, this chapter in Ephesians with a study I did nearly three years ago. Here is Chapter Five for your consideration.


No condition found in any of the saints who have gone astray and suffered dilapidation and ruin at the merciless handling of the Harlot which is the world, is beyond remedy; the LORD Who spoke into darkness and brought Light, Who spoke into void and formless lifelessness and brought forth order and life, can speak into such lives and bring His Holy Light to shine in the heart and restore them to vibrant vitality and victory: we only need to repent and turn back to the LORD and open ourselves to His efficacious grace and glory.
Perhaps the flames of the Holy Spirit have dimmed in one’s life and reduced to nothing more than a cold smoldering. We can take heart, because any such saint who finds themselves broken like a reed, or smoking like flax that won’t ignite may know the rejuvenation of the Righteous One who can mend such brokenness and bring back to living flame that which merely smolders (Matt. 12:20).

2 COR. 3:17-18

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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In our next study we begin by examining the Law and what its purpose is, and whether or not that purpose has been complete so that we no longer need to consider the Law. We shall learn about the power that the religious authorities had over the common people, and how these leaders abused both the Law and them in God’s Name. We shall observe in this next section what true holiness and obedience is, and that should carry us through to verse 32.

Until then, may the LORD bless you, and keep you!
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