"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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


By James Fire

The following study covers CHAPTER 5:1-8

What does the word ‘beatitude’ actually mean? Have you ever wondered? One rendering says, “To be supremely blessed, consecrated, and holy, in a state of bliss”. 
Those who follow the truth as expressed by the LORD in this chapter will certainly know (even if they don’t understand) this bliss and peace; yet there must be no mistake: in order to follow the Truth Incarnate, His Spirit must be the one to empower and enable them by indwelling their person!

Christianity is not, and cannot (successfully) be a mere philosophy or a set or principles for ‘moral man’ to abide by. The one statement alone, made by our LORD should put an end to any such endeavor: MATT 5:48!

Christianity is “Christ in us, the hope of glory” (COL 1:27)!

The apostle Paul likewise deals with the moral man in his treatise found in the book of ROMANS 2:1-16 (See the TTUF study of Romans, chapter Two).
Certainly the principles laid out by the LORD here are absolutely contrary to the edicts and principles and philosophy of this world which is ruled by Satan. 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


By James Fire


When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, it wasn’t merely the arrival of the Son of God Who would bring the Gospel message to fallen man, for the redemption of souls; it was a Holy Invasion into enemy territory with the intent of defeating Satan, the ruler of the rebel world system, as was promised as early as . . .

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Satan being expert in the Scriptures, knowing full well what they said, realized the implications of the prophetic Word and understood that the Babe of Bethlehem would be the One to confront him in what would seem to be the Battle of the Ages, the War of all wars, the Supreme Strategy that would end, if he couldn’t stop it, the reign of sin.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013


By James Fire


The ETERNAL GOD is not subject to time or space, and therefore is well able to observe past, present and future events simultaneously and knows all things before they happen; whereas we who are creatures (both human and angelic) bound within the confines of the space/time continuum, when left to ourselves, see the present, remember the past, and can only guess at the future.

This is where the Holy Bible leaves all other religious books that claim authenticity as the works of Deity behind; the Scriptures audaciously speak of future events before they ever happen because the Author of these Scriptures has ‘been there, done that’.

ISAIAH 46:9-10
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

God is the only One Who can make that boast. Earlier in ISAIAH the LORD taunts the false gods of the nations and challenges them to foretell the future (if they can!):

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Saturday, July 6, 2013


By James Fire


At this time I would like to resort to Dr. Scofield’s notes and provide the thematic outline on Matthew’s Gospel that he produced:

"THEME: The scope and purpose of the book are indicated in the first verse. Matthew is the "book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David; the Son of Abraham" (MATT 1:1). This connects him at once with two of the most important of the Old Testament Covenants: the Davidic Covenant of kingship (2 SAM 7:8-16), and the Abrahamic Covenant of promise (GEN 15:18).

"Of Jesus Christ in that twofold character, then, Matthew writes. Following the order indicated in the first verse, he writes first of the King, the son of David; then of the Son of Abraham, obedient unto death, according to the Isaac type GEN 22:1-18; HEB 11:17-19.

"But the prominent character of Christ in Matthew is that of the covenanted King, David's "righteous Branch" JER 23:5; 33:15. Matthew records His genealogy; His birth in Bethlehem the city of David, according to MICAH 5:2, the ministry of His forerunner according to MAL 3:1. His rejection by Israel; and His predictions of His second coming in power and great glory.
"Only then (Matthew chapters 26-28) does Matthew turn to the earlier covenant, and record the sacrificial death of the son of Abraham.
This determines the purpose and structure of Matthew. It is peculiarly the Gospel for Israel; and, as flowing from the death of Christ, a Gospel for the whole world.

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By James J. Fire

It must be stated that the description of a saint, (that is, one who is sanctified, set apart for God and from the world in this context) is an ideal that we are all growing in and should desire.
We are all at different stages of spiritual development: some are babes in Christ, others are young in the faith, there are those somewhat older and wiser; then there are those elders who have walked with the LORD for many years and bear an even greater resemblance to Him.
None of us are perfect however, and none of us have attained the level of maturity whereby we can claim all of the attributes listed below, consistently, all of the time. Yet this description of a saint is by the grace of God, something that we may, over the course of our lives, acquire in increasing measure to become more like our LORD. May this encourage the saints to truly seek God and His empowering Spirit of grace to become more like JESUS, day by day!

Show me a walking miracle (EZEK 36:26; JOHN 1:12), and I’ll show you a saint of God (1 COR 1:2)!
One who was once proud in their sin (PROV 21:4, 24); but repentant now (MATT 9:13) and mourns (MATT 5:4).
One who once boasted of transgression (PSALM 10:3) but now humbly confesses such (PSALM 32:5; 1 JOHN 1:9).
A saint is one that is a temple on two legs (1 COR 6:19); legitimately and permanently sealed of the Spirit (2 COR 1:22; 5:5) –
Such legitimacy is borrowed, not inherent in the saint, but rather transferred to their account (ROM 4:11,22-24).

Afforded by the riches of Christ (EPH 2:7; 3:8; HEB 11:26) before Whom the saint is contrite, broken (PSALM 51:17), repentant (ROM 2:4), humble (2 CHRON 34:27), and worshipful (PSALM 29:2) and reverentially yielded (ROM 6:13,19) and surrendered of body, mind and spirit (ROM 12:1).

Show me a saint, and I’ll show you one wholly unsatisfied and disinterested in the lures, enticements and treasures that this world offers (GAL 6:14). One who is satisfied from the world (JAMES 1:27; 1 COR 6:11), and oneself as well (PROV 14:14) and entirely satisfied in Christ Jesus, the Well Spring of Eternal Life (JOHN 4:14).

One who no longer hungers, thirsts, nor seeks but is filled, sated and seeks only His LORD’s will (JOHN 4:34).

For all things are in Christ through which the saint knows sublime peace (JOHN 14:27) and rest (MATT 11:29). Yet ever he thirsts and hungers and seeks for more of the LORD Jesus Christ (PSALM 22:26; 143:6; AMOS 5:4; PHIL 3:10).

Show me a saint and I will show you one for whom the Scriptures open up and reveal such profound secrets and sacred truths of the Word (1 COR 2:9-11, 13; ROM 16:25-26; COL 2:3) as the world could never ferret out from its pages, no matter how long a list of university and seminary credentials they possess (1 COR 2:14).

Show me a saint, and I will show you a prophet of God that does not foretell so much as forth tells of the truth of the Word (1 COR 14:1; 2 TIM 4:2) and can rightly stand in the stead of Christ as His ambassador, authorized to speak on the King’s behalf (2 COR 5:20; JOHN 13:20).

Show me a saint, and I will show you a priest – one who ascends to heights beyond the narrow confines of the loftiest dimensions of the universe; attained from the humble, lowly bended knee (PSALM 10:171 PET 2:9).

One who will hungrily pray and search for the will of God (JER 29:13; PSALM 105:3-4) and the needed answers from the Divine Throne of Grace (HEB 4:16) for his needy brother and for the wayward sinner lost in his corrupt ways (1 TIM 2:1; EPH 6:18; DAN 9:20). His soul aches for the lost whose blindness and incurably diseased heart (JER 17:9) may resort to the only Great Physician (MATT 9:12-13), whom the saint longs to draw him to (2 TIM 2:25-26).

Show me a saint, and I will show you someone who faithfully and resolutely stands fast beside his failing brother (JOHN 13:34-35; GAL 6:2) and lend such spiritual aid, spending freely of himself (1 COR 8:4; 9:1-2) until his fellow is once again strengthened and standing strong (1 THESS 5:14).

Show me a saint and I will show you one who laughs at both the temptations (GAL 5:16; 6:14; ROM 8:4; 2 PET 3:17) and personal peril (ACTS 21:13) from the great enemy of the church (LUKE 10:18) – one who sneers at the power and the terror of the kingdom of Darkness (ROM 16:20) and the formidable forces that would overwhelm him (1 JOHN 4:4; ISAIAH 59:19).

One who might observe hopeless odds set against himself and yet persists with indomitable hope in the Almighty (HEB 12:2; PSALM 42:5) that he rightly calls Abba (ROM 8:15; GAL 4:6).

Show me a saint and I will show you a warrior (EPH 6:10-18; PSALM 18:34) whose valiance (PSALM 60:12; HEB 11:32-34) is so fierce and white hot (NUM 25:11-13; ROM 8:37-39) and untiring that all other soldiers of the worldly sort pale in comparison (1 TIM 1:18; 2 TIM 2:3-5).
His weapons have never known a forge or smith, but fashioned by the breath of the Spirit of God (2 COR 10:3-5; EPH 1:3) with the eternal scent of heaven upon them and ready for use in confident warfare (2 COR 2:14), so the saint conducts himself in the campaign of a foreordained victory (JOSH 6:2; 1 COR 15:57) and wages a war both holy and terrible in the eyes of his unearthly foes (NUM 31:6; PSALM 98:1).

Show me a saint and I will show you one whose heart is a mirror, reflecting the righteousness of the Righteous One (ROM 3:22; PHIL 1:11; 1 JOHN 2:6) – whose spirit is jeweled with the beauties of grace and peace (ROM 1:7); love and joy (JOHN 15:10; 16:22; ROM 15:13); patience (JAMES 1:2-8) and temperance (2 PET 1:6); and wisdom and knowledge (PROV 2:6; COL 2:3).

Show me a saint and I’ll show you one who will cheerfully and freely lose his life (MATT 10:39; JOHN 12:25) in this world at the hands of hateful persecutors (MATT 5:10) who only serve as the saint’s transport to heaven’s portals (PHIL 1:21).

Show me one who for all of his goodness of character (PROV 22:1), soundness of mind (2 TIM 1:7), purity of heart (MATT 5:8; 1 PET 1:22), faithfulness in his righteous walk (3 JOHN 1:5; ISAIAH 33:14-16; HEB 10:23), and I’ll show you a saint who is not yet complete in the work which God intends for him (EPH 2:10) – yet one who exults in the truth that His LORD has promised to complete that good work which He has begun, which is in the saint himself (PHIL 1:6).

Show me a saint and I will show you one who even at death’s darkened door, rests in joyous security that has been won for him by the Resurrected LORD of Glory (1 PET 1:3; 2 TIM 4:6-8; PHIL 1:6); who will find a sleep of body in the calm confidence that the same will one day be awakened and suited in glorious fashion, agreeable to the domain of God’s eternal Kingdom (1 COR 15:50-58).

Show me the sounding of that glorious trump (1 COR 15:52) and let me hear the shout of God (1 THESS 4:16-18) and I’ll show you a saint – – that has left this world for the better shores of that celestial kingdom above (PHIL 3:20-21; COL 3:1-3)!

So show me the saint – that you are in Christ Jesus and let us glorify the LORD of Glory with the very Life that He has granted by grace to us, once sinners – now citizens of the Kingdom of God as His dear children!
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