CHURCHES: Hillside Fellowship – Spring Branch, Texas – Pastor Dave Tooker – One of God’s choice servants and congregations in the USA in my opinion. This is me and my wife’s local church and we recommend it to all. Even if you do not or are not able to attend, please follow the sermons on the website as often as you can and be blessed.
Lifegate Church – 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155 – firstname.lastname@example.org. or lifegateseguin.com Pastors: Joshua Jordan; Bob Odum; – Sovereign Grace Church/Expository Preaching; School all grades! I highly recommend this Church and the School!
Austin Stone Ministries – Austin, Texas
The Village Church – Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas Area
Redemption Bible Church – New Braunfels, Tx. Pastors Blair Cushman; Cade Hennessee; ARCC – San Antonio, Texas – Pastor Michael McCracken San Antonio, Texas; -High Pointe Baptist – Austin, Texas – Dr. Juan Sanchez; Currey Creek Church – Pastor John Free – Boerne, Texas
Writers – Theologian’s; Ministers
Pastor Dave Tooker;John Piper; J.I. Packer; Wayne Grudem; Matt Chandler; Matt Carter; John Reisinger; Charles Spurgeon; John Bunyan; George Whitfield; Alistair Begg; Duane Spencer; Thomas Watson; John Gill; Blake White; Gary Long; A.W. Pink; D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Juan Sanchez; Steve Lawson; Douglas Moo; Edward Hills; Dean John Burgon; John MacArthur
The Holy Bible (NKJV; Amplified Bible; NLT; NASV)
New Morning Mercies – Paul D. Tripp
TULIP – Duane Spencer
Bondage of the Will – Martin Luther
All books by: John Piper; R.C. Sproul; John Bunyan; A.W. Pink; Blake White; Charles Spurgeon; George Whitfield; John Reisinger;Martyn Lloyd-Jones; S. Lewis Johnson; Matt Chandler; Charles Spurgeon; J.I. Packer; John Gill; John Owen;Jonathan Edwards
ANY BOOK EXPOSING THE FOLLOWING HERESIES OR MISUNDERSTANDINGS RELATING TO THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL:
Mormonism; Seventh Day Adventism; Arminianism; Works Salvation; Roman Catholicism; Baptismal Regeneration; Covenant Theology; Dispensationalism; LEGALISM; DEISM; SINLESS PERFECTIONISM; Identity of A Believer(Saint or Sinner); Judaism; Islam; Christian Science; Jehovah Witnesses; Social Justice (Social Justice IS NOT the Gospel, but Justice is a by product of redemption and good works by the believer; Woke; BLM Marxists; Antifa Marxist/Fascists/Socialists; All Religious movements outside of Christianity; and many more!
Writings on Eschatology (Doctrine of Last Things)
Classic writtenin 1878: The Parousia – James Stuart Russell
Preterism (Some aspects left uncertain, but the basic premise about many future events which have already happened such as AD70 event when Christ came down in Judgement upon Israel is absolutely excellent. Using this along with Josephesus, a Jewish Historian who lived at that time will bring much needed revelation about what the Bible teaches about the end times scriptural teachings, running alongside of the “soon to happen” coming back of Christ to Judge Israel as a nation and remove her from her position having failed God and rejected the Messiah Jesus.
Some popular concepts about end times:Premillennialism; Pretribulationism – Premillennialism; Amillennialism; Postmillennialism; Preterism (ALL OF THESE VIEWS HAVE SERIOUS KNOTS OR ERRORS WHICH CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED BY A STUDENT OF THE WORD. END TIMES TRUTHS AND MORE CLOSER TO THE TRUTH WOULD POSSIBLY BE A MERGING OF SOME OF THE PRETERIST VIEWS ESPECIALLY ON 70 AD regarding Christ coming judgment to “that particular generation HE was living with and speaking to, etc. AND SOME ASPECTS OF AMILLENNIALISM. SO, SOME CORRECTING IN BOTH, POTENTIAL ERRORS OR REAL ERRORS will bring us to a more Biblical posture.)Preterism fails to realize and see the very END of END TIMES teachings which have yet not been fulfilled. Such as: a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness; sin no longer existing; disease no longer existing, death no longer existing, Actual presence of Christ being with us on Earth not existing as a Throne on earth, His visible presence on earth, etc.!
He is certainly in us, and with us all the time, but NOT visibly as recorded in the Bible as He will be! So on and on we could speak of the Preterist errors on this end of end times concerning Christs coming back. They think Christ came back in 70 AD as the final fulfillment of Christ coming back to earth! Not so! He did come BACK in 70 AD in Judgment and many miracles and great things took place during that time along with a total destruction of Jerusalem and Israel as a nation. Not to speak of the Roman Empire being judged by Christ also.
So, in that sense Christ came the 2nd time back, but HE is still to come back the Next or 3rd time and set up a everlasting kingdom with His bride, burning up the earth and making it new, and the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven in which we all shall live with Him after the resurrection and translation of the saints in our new spiritual bodies which now we do not have, and the Preterist doesn’t know what to do with their teachings since we don’t have such yet and people still die every day.
Jews and Muslims especially during this period of time and down through history also, have considered the Holy Scriptures being wrong because of the knots or errors of the current last day teachings by the church, but using the word of God and also ‘help’ from the Preterist and Amillennial views, AND Christs’ word the events would be for those hearing His words at that moment, along with Josephus the Jewish historian, would STOP their mouths quickly, for such promises of Christ’s return soon, and very soon, and “this generation (Christ time of ministry) promised to experience the judgment in 70AD is clearly a unlocking moment showing God’s word is inspired and is true.)
Presented in the Old Testament, especially the book of Psalms, is a man named David. I live with David and God’s teachings to this man! He said in Psalm 32 the following: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty.
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat! Finally, I confessed all my sins to you, and stopped trying to HIDE my guilt. I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord, and you forgave me! ALL my guilt is gone! Therefore, let the godly pray to you while there is STILL TIME, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are My Hiding Place; You protect me from trouble, You surround me with songs of victory!” Hallelujah what a Savior! Amen!”
Was David a sinner? No, he was, but now David is a Saint! Does David sin after being saved by God’s grace, Yes! Why? He still lives in a body that has sin dwelling in it called the Flesh! David had a new heart, a new soul and a new spirit. God had saved Him by His grace! Yet, David had many personal sins that came out during his lifetime. The FACT is, salvation is FROM the penalties of the sin which is active in our bodies of skin and bones, and it is called the flesh! That part of us was NOT born again! We struggle with such sin seeking its activities. We do not wish to sin! When Adam and Eve were found out in the Garden of Eden concerning their sin, what took place? GOD came and found them, God came and called them, and God killed a Lamb and shed its blood and took its skin and put it over their bodies to cover their nakedness! They were made an example in all of this! That example is that God is the ONE who grants mercy and grace, through “shed” blood, in this case, the animals shed blood pointed to the Lamb of God (Jesus) who was to come and shed His blood for HIS peoples sin(s)! Adam and Eve did not even blink an eye. They did NOT one work at all. They were worked ON by God alone for His glory alone!! The same today. God calls, God secures from us confession of our sin(s), and God grants us mercy, grace, and a new birth, covering us in Christ’s blood, putting us into Christ and into eternal life never remembering or holding us accountable any longer for any sin whether it is past, present or future.
He is, and had been saved, redeemed, justified by faith, regenerated (made alive unto God), had God in his daily life, had the Holy Spirit, for no one can be saved and not have the Holy Spirit abiding within them!
In other words, that is our new identity. Saved, former classified people called sinners, or the wicked ones, but now saints or godly ones! In no way does this support sinless perfectionism as it is taught today. Our flesh, fallen man or old man, still produces sin(s)! We bring those to the light and confess, but not in the sense that they have NOT already been forgiven. Jesus died ONCE for those sins (past, present, and even future), so no double jeopardy takes place. No re-crucifying Jesus again, and again and again, as the O.T. High Priests did with the sacrificial lambs. So, we are saints now and notice every time Paul identifies the people, and so does Peter, with the words saints at…..!!!He doesn’t say, to the wicked and ungodly and sinners, may the blessings of Christ dwell upon you….etc.!
But due to the fact that after salvation takes place, our fallen carnality and flesh has NOT been regenerated, and sin dwells there. That is the part of a person which has not been saved yet, but has been purchased by Christ as His own, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and He will raise it up one day, as it will go back to the dust from where it came.
This means our desires of the flesh, our mind and thoughts bring forth many times sin or sins. But, the fact is, those sins or sin is forgiven forever and is cast away as far as the east is from the west. Our organ called the “brain” keeps in its memory bank all we have ever done. It is part of the body of flesh which will go back to the dust, but as we live out the physical life here we must have it operative to function in this life on earth! You and I do not take the “brain” with us when we die and go to heaven to be with Jesus. Only our soul and spirit go to be with Him when we pass away. Yet, we are given as always, the ability to think and reason and praise God and worship Him etc.! That does not cease. But all we do will always be right, or righteous, no sin ever again!
Our behavior can be wrong and we have faults and sins we confess to one another, and yes, even state them to the Lord Himself, as we fail many times in our daily lives, but those sins are forgiven, and David just confesses such to the Lord admitting he was guilty as charged by the Lord using the Prophet. The word teaches us that we do not hide our sins, but are to bring them to the Lord, to the light, and confess such. As a Saint, hiding such sin brings much guilt, shame, and difficulties in our day today, until we confess openly we have failed the Lord in our conduct and affairs. But, remember always, those sin are already forgiven, but we are agreeing that we are standing with God on the issue of Sin itself, and seeking to slay it, stop it, and walk in the Spirit with Him!
Something to remember about this because we see and note the multitudes of Christians today do not realize what they are doing when they confess sins now. We do not get into a frame of mind and spirit in which we start begging God to forgive us of our wretchedness and our sins we have allowed to take place. Yes, we purposefully bring them to Him in our mind, and let Him know we allowed the sin to take place, but we are so thankful to Him that He has hidden them under His blood and never to be remembered again. The idea of being laden down with sin and failures, and thinking we are wretched, terrible, awful sinful wicked people is to “smear” God and His message and work done in and to us. We are NOT under wrath, not under condemnation, not under shame and disgrace, not under sins powers, not under Satan and his control, not to be depressed, and shamed, and feeling lost or losing our assurance etc.! No! Never!
We agree with God we are His righteous saints, by His IMPARTED righteousness, as well as IMPUTED to our account. He lives within us and we are IN HIM and HE in us. We have only the flesh and sin in the flesh that sins as the Apostle Paul stated so clearly in Romans 7.
Opening up his activity of sin, is being shown to us that the Holy Spirit disciplined (trained) David, as he needs to walk with God as he has been chosen to do, and go forward in faith! God didn’t leave him when he sinned, God didn’t leave him when he did not confess, God was and is always with all of us who have been saved through faith. We do many times Grieve the Holy Spirit which we should not be doing.
And by the way, David could have been obedient perfectly for a 1000 years but that would have not made him a bit better in the site of God than He was after confessing. He could not be MORE in FAVOR with God if he did perfect living for a 1000 years, for he already had ALL of his sins forgiven, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. Yes, discipline, yes, grieving the Holy Spirit, yes, having the results of sin causing problems among the family, and/or the entire nation, such as numbering the military strength he had control of on one occasion. God brought trouble to the people called Israel due to David’s sin!
That(the fact we have all of our sins forgiven now), spurs us on to serve Jesus even more and Love Him more, For that is AMAZING GRACE.
If I don’t get you to feel that I am causing people to think we are being soft about sin and advocating continuance in sin, then I haven’t preached to you the truth about GRACE! Well, I am not nor is any saint that way about sin. Yes, sin is evil, No, we don’t promote and stand for sin working itself out in our daily life for one moment. But we all fail in many ways. Hidden or even unknown sins exist. Lack of praying enough, studying and meditating on the word enough, not witnessing enough, eating to much or drinking to much, etc.! On and on it goes.
But for us, Christ is IN us, and we are IN Him We Abide in Christ and He abides in us! He always LOVES us, with never a lapse in that LOVE!He never leaves us and HE in fact, keeps us in the faith and we can’t go in and out of fellowship with God, for HE is always there. Do you believe the word of God on this are not? If not why not? Faith in what God said, is this, “If the Son has set you free you are free indeed”! That is it period! We are free! Free to love God and serve Him and also Free to NOT sin! But if we do, we are still HIS and STILL HIS child and we are not Lost! We are Eternally Saved by His grace through faith in Him!
I DEDICATE THIS ENTIRE SERIES OF LESSONS AND TEACHINGS TO THE TRIUNE GODHEAD; FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST! TO HIM BE ALL GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE! MAY THESE WRITINGS HONOR HIM! MAY SOULS FIND HIM WHO CAN SATISFY ALL OF THEIR DEEPEST LONGINGS WHICH CANNOT BE FOUND OUTSIDE OF HIM!
Within the doctrinal partitions that divide the sovereign grace theology believed by Presbyterians and Baptists (Reformed), cannot be exposed for the Gospels sake without questioning and examining Reformed Theology’s system of Covenant Theology.
Specifically, what needs to be addressed if their overarching covenant of grace with its infant baptism of covenant (so-called children of one or both of the parents), which I think is the Achilles’ heel to the major doctrinal positions of their theological system.
Many independants, Baptists, etc., have contended over the past 360 years since those teachings developed, have rejected their doctrines of the church (the called out by regeneration individual people from among the nations) consisting of a mixed multitude primarily caused by the practice of baptizing babies or infants of those parents involved in their local congregations.
One of the reasons nothing has adequately taken place over this period of time is the fact they have not touched upon the cause of the division, which is the very center of the Covenant Theological System namely its teaching that the Old and New Covenants are the outworking of ONE overarching covenant of grace rather than the covenantal outworking in redemptive history of God’s eternal kingdom purpose as mentioned in II Timothy 1:9 “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because, we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—–to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.”
To break down these barriers for a “more accurate way”, barriers which are middle-walls of doctrinal partition(s) which need to be broken down based on Scriptural demands, to include the differences with Covenant Theology over the covenantal administration of the Law of God.
The bottom line is this; the New Covenant is really New, and the Old has passed away. The New Covenant is the Gospel period! This is the reason we have a Old Testament (Covenant) and a New Testament Covenant. The Old alluded to the new in many past prophetic statements, but now the New Covenant cut by God (the Triune God) alone, bringing to past in real time and space the ONE promised Seed singular, even Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lamb of God promised and all that He accomplished on the Cross making One body consisting of Jews and Gentiles brought into the Kingdom of God through the Electing Grace of God! In fact, everything is directly bound up in the Electing Predestination Grace of God alone, which is the Lord’s Redemptive program beginning and planned by the Triune Godhead, before the very foundation of the world and creation.
Paul the Apostle speaking to the Corinthian Church made a comment designed by God, as he was addressing another issue of visiting them, which has doctrinal importance concerning God and His promises and character.
One thing we should always remember in interpreting Bible teachings is that the Old Testament are the books of Promise, and the New Testament book are the books of Fulfillment. St. Augustine said, “The Old is the New concealed and the New is the Old revealed”!
Note Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:18, “But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes or No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us —-by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—-was NOT Yes and No, BUT IN HIM WAS YES! FOR ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD IN HIM ARE YES AND IN HIM, AMEN TO THE GLORY OF GOD THROUGH US.”
We can see that the full Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ promotes the truth of all of the metanarrative Bible teachings. If something doesn’t end up promoting to FIRST PlACE Jesus it has missed the mark!
The Gospel is the New Covenant and the New Covenant is explained and clearly unfolded in the common acronym TULIP. Charles Spurgeon, called the Prince of Preachers, and even considered by most evangelicals as close as one could be to the Apostle Paul in the articulation of the Gospel of Grace, stated that TULIP is the Gospel.
The following statement comes from the New Covenant Theological Schools Statement of faith which expresses what the New Covenant position is:
What is New Covenant Theology?
“NCST adheres to what has come to be called New Covenant Theology (NCT). Put very simply, NCT affirms that the universe exists to glorify God through Jesus Christ. We believe the entire Scripture must be interpreted as the story of Jesus Christ rather than as the story of the kingdom of Israel or the story of Godʼs covenant of grace. While we love and appreciate our brothers who dwell in the camps of Reformed/Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, we believe their hermeneutic is slightly off center.
Specifically, we affirm the doctrines of grace, justification by faith alone, the necessity of good works as proof of regeneration, the sufficiency of Christ, His Word, and His Spirit, the now/not yet view of Christ’s kingdom, the Church as the exclusive people of God, and the fulfillment of the entire OT in Christ. We deny infant baptism, the Law of Moses as binding on Christians, and the 7-year Jewish-centric rapture/tribulation followed by a Jewish-centric millennial kingdom.”
NCT believes that when the Holy Spirit called the New Covenant new, He meant it. The Old Covenant with all of its wonderful shadows—temple, priesthood, sacrifices, kings, prophets, and nation—have been utterly fulfilled by the Light of the world Jesus Christ and His people, the Church. The Law of Moses has also been fulfilled. This does not place the New Covenant believer in a lawless state, free to sin. No, we are under the Law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:20-21) and strive to obey the commands of King Jesus by the power of His Spirit.“
INCORPORATED WITHIN THE NEW COVENANT HERMENEUTIC WOULD BE THE FOLLOWING GOSPEL:
Total and Complete Depravity of mankind.Humans are as bad off as they could possibly be, but this does not mean that they engage in all of the sin that could be possible for them to do. God by His common grace keeps them back from expressing all that is within them.
2. Unconditional election. No good thing in mankind which caused their election. Mankind is not good since his fall in the garden of Eden.
3. Limited or Particular Redemption. Only some chosen out of the multitudes. God’s Son’s blood, was powerful enough to save all human beings that have ever lived, but it was SHED specifically for the One’s whom God chose before the foundation of the world. It was effective only for them! All SIN was covered by the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross! ALL SIN!
That means even the SIN of unbelief, which underlies every other sin committed by a person. So, God chose to pay for the exact named peoples sins whose names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world according to scriptures. Others who too were unbelievers did NOT have that sin of Unbelief paid for by Christ, but it was Sufficient and Powerful enough to cover all humans, but it did not!! IF it had all humans would go to heaven but we know God clearly states they do not, but rather, many go to hell.
We do not know the names of those whom HE will save, but their professions of faith is all we can use to determine if they are saved by God’s grace. We preach the Gospel to ALL, since we do not know each one who will be saved. And, we KNOW the elect will be saved. Also, the Gospel is to be preached to the lost wicked unbelievers who will NEVER be saved, and that message is a hardening of the heart message to them and they eventually perish and pay for their own sins in hell with their father the Devil, Lucifer or Satan.
God did not save angels and did not save many humans!! He had the power to do so! He can do anything He so chooses, but HE did not choose to do so! If a person, a devil 0r a demon or anything else could keep HIM from saving a person, then that entity is GOD and this GOD in the Bible is NOT God! He is Sovereign over all things, even every very minute thing that exist is under His control. Bow to this Sovereign God and dare not to call Him into Question! He does what HE desires to do not what we desire to do or wish to have happen. We are only created beings of this God. He owns all humans! He can do with them what He so wishes. Be thankful and praise Him you are saved and HE gave you the understanding to call upon Him and repent and trust Jesus!!
4. Irresistible Grace. God calls effectually certain ones who would never respond without Him, and leaves others in their sins and is Just and Holy in doing so. If God were fair, all would be sent to hell for their rebellion and sin. But God has Love, Grace, Mercy and from those attributes He shows us how such operates in the very life of those whom He calls and saves.
5. Perseverance by the Holy Spirit in keeping the Saints, by HIS power. Man will not and can’t work for salvation good enough to accomplish salvation, but through the Holy Spirit’s power God keeps His people from falling and presents them faultless before the Father. And it is ALL by GRACE!
Much more could be stated of course by the Gospel, such as Justification by Faith alone, through Grace alone, by Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone, or Regeneration, the New Birth, Repentance and Faith inseparable gifts to a sinner, which will be later spoken of in future articles. IN ALL OF THIS ONE FINDS THAT GOD FORGIVES THE SINNER OF ALL PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS! SO A PERSON NEVER WILL HAVE ONE SIN BROUGHT AGAINST HIM OR HER IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE AGAIN, NOR IN THE LIFE TO COME. WE DO NOT HAVE TO SIT AND BEG, AND BEG, AND WEEP AND CRY OVER OUR SINS AS IF WE HAVE NOT BEEN FORGIVEN! THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM GOD’S SIGHT AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST. NEVER TO BE HELD AGAINST US ANY MORE.
YET YOU WOULD NEVER THINK OF IT BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL CHURCHES WITH ALL OF THE SEMINARS, VARIOUS 12 STEP PROGRAMS, AND ALL KIND OF OTHER LESSONS ON HOW BAD WE ARE, HOW BAD OUR HEARTS, MINDS, SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE NOW EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NEW CREATIONS AND GOD DOESN’T HOLD A SINGLE ONE AGAINST US NOW OR FOREVER.! EITHER HE FORGAVE US OF ALL, OR HE DIDN’T! IF HE DIDN’T WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE AND HAVE NOT BEEN FORGIVEN AND HAVE NOT BEEN UNSHACKLED AND MADE FREE FROM SIN! YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. WE ARE NOT A SINNER, WICKED, PERSON UNDER GOD’S WRATH BUT RATHER SAINTS, CHILDREN OF GOD, SONS OF GOD, AND ONES DELIVERED FROM THE FLESH, AND PLACED INTO CHRIST.
That does not mean the ‘flesh’, the part of our body where ‘sin’ still dwells doesn’t operate and seek to express itself. The new birth did not change the body or the parts of the body related to such activity, we received a new heart, a new soul and spirit and now we are in the Spirit. It is SIN that SINS not the NEW Born again person at all.
Otherwise we would have Christ, the Father God and the Holy Spirit defeated by SIN because we are IN CHRIST, AND THE FATHER DWELLS WITHIN US AND SO DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT.. SIN AND SATAN CAN’T BREAK THROUGH!! ONLY OUR BODY ENGAGES IN SUCH EVIL DEEDS. THIS IS WHY THE STRUGGLE TAKES PLACE WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED, IT IS WE ARE NEW PEOPLE IN CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT STRUGGLE AGAINST THIS SIN IN OUR BODIES.
SO, GOD ALLOWS THIS SIN TO BREAK THROUGH FROM TIME TO TIME OF COURSE, BUT THAT DOESN’T CHANGE OUR STATUS AS SAINTS AND PURE AND HOLY POSITIONS we are in NOW. THERE IS A MYSTERY HERE I KNOW, BUT THAT IS HOW IT IS AND IF IT WASN’T WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM THAT DESTROYS THE MESSAGE GIVEN IN THE Gospel. BUT THAT ISN’T TRUE, WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT ALL OF THIS!
The Old Testament Covenants which had to do with Salvation and pointed to it later in time, were given as Promises and not the REAL act as such. That is why the NEW Covenant is the realization in real time and space of the Lamb of God cutting the Covenant made within the Godhead which had to do with blessings certain ones in terms of the new birth, and bringing about Jews and Gentiles into One body which is the Bride of Christ, the called out supernaturally ones commonly spoken of as the Church.
The ecclesia, the calling out ones and not a building, not a club, not a organization one can join up with, but a spiritual body called the children of God, the bride of Christ, the redeemed, the called out ones, the sons of God, or the born again ones etc.! In that body there is NO pagan unbeliever, it is pure and holy by the imputed righteousness placed upon them in and through Christ Jesus.
The only legitimate question we can ask (if we can even ask that), is this; “Why me oh Lord, Why did you choose me a unworthy, ungodly, rebel and wicked sinner?” NEVER can we call God unfair! Why? Because if God was fair, ALL would be sent to HELL forever!!
I would like to end with just a brief mention of another important issue existing which impacts all of what I have written so far on this Biblical matter. It is the proper Biblical understanding of who are the 4 Seeds of Abraham! I will say very firmly that if one doesn’t have a understanding of the 4 seeds of Abraham, that person will not be able to interpret the meta-narrative of the entire Bible properly. In fact, due to this one issue, is primarily the reason we have Denominational divisions within evangelicalism. Let me just briefly share the 4 seeds, but not get into depth on this now for it would almost take a book to unfold or unwrap these teachings. Here are the Four Seeds:
Abraham had a natural seed. This includes all physical children, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob, and Esau, Jews and Arabs.
Abraham had a Special Natural seed. The nation, or children of Israel, all of the physical seed of Jacob and his twelve sons.
Abraham had a Spiritual seed. All believers of all ages, David and Paul, Jewish and Gentile believers, you and me.
Abraham was promised a Singular Unique Seed would spring from him. That Single Seed promised was the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, the virgin born son of God, the Savior.
Scripture makes a clear statement that there is a distinction between Abraham’s seed (singular) and seeds (plural), and this is so important. Paul through the Holy Spirit tells us that the REAL PROMISE God made was to Abraham and a specific SINGULAR seed and not plural seeds. That is the Real Spiritual promise.
For instance, God made a physical promise to the mixed multitude called Israel the nation, that a certain land was to be given to them. Later that promised was upheld and they actually were given total ownership of ALL of the land promised. Not a single bit of the promise was not fulfilled, it all was fulfilled. No more land promise in that covenant is still lingering to be completed and in fact, Israel broke all of their covenants as a nation and God totally dropped them out of the picture totally as His nation on earth (special nation), destroying the Temple and all of the Theocracy procedures they were used to.
They were NO longer as a ethnic seperate nation HIS chosen people. In the future, both Jew physically and Gentile physically, will have certain ones called out and chosen making a New Nation called the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ, and all are ONE in Christ with no distinctions separating them. They inherit the eternal spiritual promises made by God through Grace, and they are the Apple of God’s eye now! We call it the Church, but the ekklesia is a “called out one’s body of regenerated people with NO pagans in it or mixed multitude.” It is on earth today waiting to inherit the WHOLE earth with Christ and living in the New Jerusalem with the ISRAEL of GOD which is the Singular Seed Christ. Remember Galatians 3:16, “Now to Abraham and his SEED (singular) WERE the PROMISES made. He saith not, And to SEEDS (plural) as of many, but as of ONE, And to Thy SEED, WHICH IS CHRIST.” The spiritual blessings are to Christ and those IN CHRIST JESUS and those are the body of Christ or called out ones! All of this is based on the Electing Grace of God which was formulated before the foundation of the world or creation of the world by Jesus.
Any attempt to make Abraham’s seed refer to the Jews or to Christian parents in this passage is to destroy Paul’s whole argument. We can assert with assurance and certainty that the seed of Abraham to whom the promises were made has absolutely NOTHING to do with PHYSICAL BIRTH. It does not matter if the physical birth was into a Jewish or a Christian home.
The true promise God made, and the real inheritance spoken about, was given to Abraham as the father of Christ, and not to Abraham as the father of the Jews or the Church. We inherit the blessings promised to Abraham because of or Spiritual connect to Abraham which is the new birth, not physical birth making us related as children physically but unto us or our children in Abraham spiritually. No one is ever an heir to anything spiritually just because they were of physical descent whether a Jewish home or a Christian home. Circumcision and baptism in water do not produce a spiritual promise!
Only the actual Regeneration, or Circumcised heart produces a spiritual Born Again person and it comes by grace through faith in Christ alone! In closing on this theme here, remember that there are not Two Different Things Promised, but rather, the physical aspect is the visible pledge and the testimony to the Spiritual or the True promise is seen in the physical or visible pledge. Only ONE promise. Think along these lines: Thing promised: Seed – Physical fulfillment: Isaac, Spiritual Fulfillment: Christ the true Seed (singular). Or the Nation promised, Israel physically became such, and on the Spiritual fulfillment side the Church or the True Nation of God as Peter expressed in his Epistle. Then there is the thing promised such as the Land. The physical fulfillment came about with Palestine but the Spiritual fulfillment is and was spoken about which is the Salvation Rest, in the True Land, which really is the Entire Planet Earth in the New Jerusalem with Christ here on Earth!
When one reads the Bible – whether it is the Old Testament of the New Testament, one must interpret the usage of the word Israel each time it is spoken or shown in a verse of scripture. Which one of those is being spoken about. Improper interpretation of that term ISRAEL has created also systematic theological divisions. Primarily, Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology pitted against one another. Dispensationalism cuts the Bible in half and never the twain shall they meet. Covenant Theology does the exact opposite and merges two distinctly different covenants (OT and NT) into one covenant with two administrations.
So, Dispensationalism can’t get the OT into the NT in any sense, and Covenant Theology doesn’t even have a really New Covenant at all. Only a “newer and older version of the same covenant. So they can’t get the Two Testaments together as Dispensationalists and the Covenant Theology folks cannot get them apart. They really misunderstand the Promises made to Abraham and his SEED! We must see the old legal covenant at Sinai and the new gracious covenant that replaces or fulfills the other, but at the same time we must see one distinct and unchanging PURPOSE of God being worked out for His One Election of Grace.
Their doctrines of the Church are skewed and causes them to miss this matter. The fact is that the Promise to Abraham had from God was the announcement of the Gospel of Grace, and it is this Gospel promise of Christ the Single Unique Seed that UNIFIES ALL of scripture around Him and His work.
What we have been addressing really is seeking to deal with presuppositions. It all has to do with the starting points or starting ideas one has on the matter at hand. If our starting points are wrong, then everything that totally depends on that foundation is also suspect. We have to start with what actually does the Word of God say and not use logic or reasoning based on starting with a Confession of faith drafted by men, or a System of Theology established by man. We can’t approach this like the evolutionist does about creation. What I am stating is that both Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism start with the systems teachings assuming they are correct without proving the basic assumptions and then they establish specific doctrines by applying logic to the assumed “so called facts” or system. It all seems to be right and fits very well in their thinking as long as no one seeks to try to Prove the basic presuppositions. So this is how we approach the entire matter at hand.
Stay tuned for more Biblical theology and other writings consisting of even personal and national interest.
(Much of the content was produced with the help of two writers who are of esteem to me in my journey of faith and walk with the Lord. They are: Duane Spencer: TULIP and John Reisinger – 4 Seeds of Abraham) Many thanks to both of these men, one now with the Lord.
Lamar Carnes – A fellow believer in the journey of life on planet earth! Praise be unto God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost)! Amen! Selah! Maranatha!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Where will we find an anchor and a hiding place as we go through life’s journey?
Life is filled with many mysteries!
There are things we just can’t figure out!
In fact, we simply aren’t able to understand and make sense of our life here on planet earth! Working to figure things out will only frustrate us and we will never find inner peace and rest. We can work day and night to figure it all out and end up exhausted.
Peace and rest is only found in the wisdom and grace of the ONE who has it all figured out and rules it all for His glory and our good.
We must trust God our Father, our Creator, and our Lord! And we can only come to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, the God/Man. God the Father chose him to be the Mediator between us and himself.
Jesus Christ paid the debt we owed God for being a sinner and rebel against Him!
Christ came in the flesh and lived a perfect life of absolute righteousness among men.
He was ordained by God to go to the cross and be crucified, a method of punishment which would require the shedding of His blood. Atonement could only be made by the shedding of blood, in order to make those whom God chose and called (those who believe and trust in Jesus), spiritually perfect in Christ.
Jesus died in our place and imputed his penal substitutionary death to us. To prove this was an acceptable sacrifice, Jesus rose from the grave and ascended back to heaven from where he had come, to be His people’s High Priest, making intercession for us every moment of every day.
He is where we find rest, peace, purpose, value, contentment, joy, satisfaction and assurance that all is well.
Nothing in this world will ever provide this for us. It will absolutely fail us every time we go seeking for peace and purpose in our created world.
May He grant all who read this everlasting life as they come to Him as He calls, confessing and repenting of their sin, and in humility crying out to God for forgiveness. God then gives us salvation and peace, creating a new heart in us and making us part of His forever family!
Salvation comes by faith alone, in Christ alone, by Grace alone, for the Glory of God alone. It is not by works of righteousness we do, but by God alone do we find salvation and the reason and purpose for life.
The world today is out of order. It is under a curse. Mankind is a fallen creature in sin, except for those redeemed by Jesus Christ the Lord from Glory!
1 John 2: 15-17 reads; “Do not love the world or the things in the world….” and the rest of the verses speak of how it is diseased and in spiritual darkness.
The world tomorrow will be different. All things will be made “new” and the “old” will pass away and be burned up!
The Bible is the meta-narrative all about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Commander in Chief of Heaven’s Armies and the Savior of His people whom He planned before creation to save from destruction and hell and punishment.
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One of the most clear and important verses in the word of God on the matter of sin and the new birth results is found in the book of Hebrews 10: 1-7, 12-14. As you read these verses notice how the new birth in contrast to the Old Covenant works produces in each Christian a absolute all time new result which did not exist under the Old Covenant. Careful ponder and think of this as you read.
“The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were NEVER able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshippers would have been perfected ONCE FOR ALL TIME, AND THEIR FEELINGS OF GUILT WOULD HAVE DISAPPEARED. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins!! That is why when Christ came into the world, he said to God,
“YOU did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I SAID, “Look, I have come to do your will O God! – as it is written about me in the Scriptures.”……..
But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for ALL TIME. ……..For by that ONE OFFERING HE FOREVER MADE PERFECT THOSE WHO ARE BEING MADE HOLY.”
I contend that this ONE TIME sacrifice cleared the ACCOUNT of Sinners who trust in Jesus for the REST of their life on earth and also into Eternity with God and Christ. I contend that this ONE TIME offering of Jesus’ body and blood shedding, and Resurrection, REMOVED OUR GUILT AS THESE VERSES SAY FROM THE MOMENT OF REGENERATION THROUGHOUT ETERNITY.
I contend if we don’t recognize this we are not maturing correct in the faith, and do not have a proper understanding of the Gospel of GRACE. We must see, that when sin is allowed to function in our Fallen Natural body of flesh and the SARX (Flesh) where it resides is the thing that sins and our Redeemed Regenerated (Always Alive in Christ and full of the Spirit of God person for we are IN HIM also) is pure, holy, sanctified, and free from Guilt. The New Covenant shows this whereas in the Old Covenant days we do find those facts shown in various New Covenant words of prophecy, but the Old Covenant works did not produce such. That is why we have to be careful of our interpretation a lot of times as we bring them over into our teachings and preachings.
Again, remember we are recognizing from experience and from scripture that our old nature and body has NOT been regenerated and purified and made holy in the sense of the new person and new heart, soul and spirit of man has been by Christ. That is where the struggle exists, and the fight goes on, as the Holy Spirit, and the New Man or Saved person together are to be seen as Mortifying Sin that seeks to rise up and express itself in our faculties. Faculties that have not been regenerated yet! We still have a natural fallen posture in the body where sin dwells, but in the NEW Man that sin is not existing for it has been Born Again and is IN CHRIST THE SEED AS BOTH PAUL AND JOHN THE APOSTLES SO STATED.
Is this statement true? Is it Biblical? Did God really teach this: The statement I speak of is this: “You are sometimes in the Spirit and sometimes in the flesh”!
Let’s examine this statement and see what God has to say about it all! Notice this scripture verse:
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU! But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Should just end it there for that is the total answer period! The Statement that is currently being taught all over the kingdom of God today is wrong! It is amazing how folks can’t understand clear words and very easy to read words from scripture. But, spiritual truths are not understand by the lost that is for sure, and weaker brothers and sisters in the faith have to learn to undo a lot of the things they get today from all sources except the very word of God in scriptures.
I. DO WE SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE IN THE FLESH AND SOMETIMES IN THE SPIRIT?
What is taking place in the scripture is that God is showing us the difference between a lost person and a saved person. A lost person is always in the FLESH dead to God and spiritual matters, but alive to sin totally. All that a lost person does is sin! No holy acts, no righteousness, no real good deeds valued by God as good, for all he or she does is for self and sin.
Sinners set their minds and hearts on fleshly carnal things all the time. It is 24/7! All self centered. Not God centered ever! All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God.
Believers however are those who set their minds upon things of the Spirit. Notice Romans 8:5:
“For those who ARE according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who ARE according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
These words describe our identity and our position right now this very minute. We are one or the other. Notice what walking and being in the Spirit looks like in Romans 8: 8-9;
“…and those who are in the flesh CANNOT PLEASE GOD. However, YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if ANYONE does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does NOT BELONG TO HIM.”
There is no “in and out” deal going on here. We are one or the other! No middle ground! Our LOCATION is in the Spirit, and I might say also, in the Lord Jesus and in the Father also.
LET’S NOTE HOW THIS DESCRIPTION IS REVEALED TO US IN THE BIBLE:
BEFORE SALVATION: AFTER SALVATION: SCRIPTURES:
In the flesh In the Spirit Romans 8:9
In Adam In Christ 1 Cor. 15:22
A slave to sin A slave to righteousness Rom. 6:17-18
In dark kingdom In His kingdom of light Col. 1:13
Dead to God Alive to God Eph. 2:1,5
Romans 8:6 reads, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is LIFE and PEACE.”
The reality about this we are aliens in this world and on this planet now. The fleshly lusts war against us, not with us – 1 Peter 2:11. Our old man the flesh is still there in the flesh and bones, and it is called the flesh and is carnal. Sin dwells there but NOT in the NEW BORN creation for it is now in Christ Jesus and is imputed with Christ holiness and is pure and holy and sanctified now! IN CHRIST and IN GOD the Father and IN the HOLY SPIRIT.
II. NO GOING IN THE DOOR AND OUT OF THE DOOR! OUR REDEEMED SOUL/SPIRIT AND HEART ARE NOW REDEEMED AND HOLY, BUT THE FLESH IS STILL DEAD IN SIN UNTIL IT GOES BACK TO THE DUST AND IS RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED IF CHRIST COMES WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
This is how we are now in our bodies here on planet earth. We have conflict and struggles because of that diametrically different state or identity we have. The flesh struggles against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. That is why Paul could say in Romans 8 when he desires to do right sin is always present and he doesn’t always conduct right and holy things, but he said it was SIN doing it and not him because He was a lover of God and a redeemed soul and spirit living in that Eternal Life posture right then at those moments in time. God was in him and he was in God. God cannot sin and will not allow His new creature be tainted with sin either in that sense. But we are allowed to see and in our mind allow sin to operate from time to time in the flesh which is still unregenerated. Our new man is regenerated and that means has Eternal Everlasting HOLY life forever.
A prayer: Father, thank you for saving me, changing me, making me a new creature or creation and thank you for my new identity and new spiritual location in your Spirit. Thank you that you will NEVER leave me, nor I leave you for you KEEP me from falling and will present me faultless before your throne and even now our Lord Jesus you are my advocate before the Father regarding your atonement for all of my past, present and future sins committed in my body. Remind me to set my MIND on YOUR Spirit, because I have new life and a totally new identity now in Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen!
JOSEPH, GOD’S MAN FOR THE TIME. A MAN WHO HAD A COAT MADE OF MANY DIFFERENT COLORS! FOLLOW HIS LIFE AND SEE HOW GOD USED HIM FOR GOD’S OWN GLORY AND THE FUTURE ‘SEED’ PROMISED EVEN JESUS OUR LORD THE MESSIAH! – WRITTEN BY: BOBBIE J. CARNES –
Week 4 (February 1st) Cultivate Your Character: The Example of Joseph
Our study is on cultivating a character like Joseph’s. To cultivate means to develop by education or training or to foster. So, if we want our character developed like Joseph’s we must be willing to be educated and trained as he was – by God.
That’s the kicker! He didn’t develop himself. He didn’t go to self-help seminars. He didn’t read Christian books and follow the latest popular Christian teacher. God was his teacher. And how does God develop people?
Psalms 119:67, Job 36:15, Ps. 119:124
God’s classroom is life. Joseph was an excellent student. He viewed his situations as full of providential blessings (Gen.39:8-9; 45:5, 7-8; 50:19).
Let me give you the first and greatest single characteristic of Joseph. It was his absolute faithfulness to God under all circumstances, and it is through this that God worked to exalt him so highly. And it was through this that all his other godly character traits developed.
We will see as we go through Scripture a pattern in Joseph’s life (39:21-23, 39: 2, 3, 5)
The Lord is with Joseph
Gives him favor with the authority over him
He prospers Joseph and causes him to succeed in whatever he does.
Joseph did faithfully and to his best ability whatever God gave him to do and God prospered him. That is the pattern we will see in his dealings with Potiphar, the Jailor and Pharaoh. . Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 10:31 that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Joseph did all for the glory of God.
The authorities over Joseph saw the visible, tangible occurrences of God’s blessings on all that Joseph did and praised God because of him. Because God favored Joseph, they favored him and trusted him.
Whatever Joseph did, he didn’t neglect the interests of his masters and he worked hard to be sure those interests were furthered. He understood authority. He respected authority. He worked hard on behalf of others. There was nothing lackadaisical about Joseph.
There are two steps to success that can be seen in Joseph’s life:
Please God and seek His blessing. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Do it over a long period of time.( Forget instant gratification)
Joseph was 17 when he was sold into slavery. He was 30 when Pharaoh promoted him to Prime Minister (41:46). Thus it took 13 years for the full measure of God’s blessings to Joseph to be recognized. Advancement doesn’t always come quickly. Normally success takes time. Joseph was patient (Hint: another characteristic.)
Joseph’s story is covered in 13 chapters in Genesis. We are going to look at as many of Joseph’s character traits as we can in our time together.
In our study we have divided Joseph’s life into four sections . Betrayal –The Relationship between Joseph and His Brothers
Joseph is Forgotten
Joseph is Reunited With His Family
Here is a preview of what Joseph is going to demonstrate for us:
the value of self-control in the temptation
patience and perseverance in times of trouble
honesty, strong work ethics
fear of God and faithfulness to God
You have all heard the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Faulty question. There are no good people.
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone (Mark 10:18).
As Christians we may ask, “Why do bad things happen to God’s people?” Why did Joseph’s life contain so much harassment, temptation, affliction, and heartache? Why does mine? Lord what are you doing?
The Big Idea
Joseph acknowledges God’s sovereignty over the events in his life. God’s presence and steadfast love enabled Joseph to overcome all the difficulties he faced. He wasn’t overcome by his circumstances in life. His character grew and strengthened through his afflictions and setbacks.
1. Betrayal –The Relationship between Joseph and His Brothers
Gen. 37: 2-5, 8, 11
One day after his disclosures to his brothers about his dreams, they were tending their flocks out in the country and Jacob sent Joseph to check on them.
When he got to Shechem, they weren’t there. Instead of going home, he wandered around the countryside trying to find them. He wasn’t going home without a report for his father that his brothers were okay. But, when he found them they plotted his death, but Judah talked them into selling him to Ishmaelite traders.
Gen. 37:23-24 .
Later in 42:21 we are told how Joseph was feeling and how he reacted while his brothers were betraying him. Later, when Joseph, the Prime Minster, was giving his brothers a hard time about being spies, they decided God was punishing them for what they did to Joseph.
But at the time, the brothers didn’t care how much Joseph begged.
Gen. 42:28, 36: 39:1
What character traits did Joseph demonstrate in his response to his brother’s envy and hatred?
(Possible answers: concern for others – he searched for them, kindness – because he must have ignored a lot of unkind words and deeds, love – he loved his enemies, resisted the temptation to repay evil with evil)
Jesus said in John 15:18: “”If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” This is the same situation that Joseph was in. If the world sees you as different: sees your good deeds, it shows up their ungodliness. They will hate you as Joseph’s brothers hated him. If you have not already, when you do run into this situation, how will you respond?
The story continues: Joseph’s Temptation
Gen. 39: 2-12.
Because of her accusations, Potiphar unjustly threw Joseph in prison.
What characteristics that you had identified in the previous section do you see developing in Joseph during this time of his life?
(Possible answers: work ethic, resisting temptation, loving his enemies, faithful)
What other characteristics do you see in this passage?
(Possible answers: Honesty, integrity, faithfulness, excellent work ethic)
What was Joseph’s response to temptation?
(Possible answers: flees, fear of sinning against God, doesn’t try to reason, doesn’t try to witness)
Joseph was able to fight off temptation because he had fixed one main truth in his mind? What was that truth?
(Possible answers: He knew God was omnipresent and omniscient. God knows everything Joseph did. He wouldn’t knowingly sin against God.)
In your life, what work habits do you have that line up with Joseph’s?
What evidence do you find in your life that God is with you?
Joseph’s temptation came after his promotion. That’s when Satan knows we are most vulnerable. Have you experienced temptation after victory? How did you avoid it? What have you learned from Joseph’s life that will help you in the future?
Joseph was aware that God knew exactly what he was doing. We call that God’s omnipresent and omniscient. How can you insure that you are always aware that God’s eyes are upon you?
What do we learn from Joseph about how to resist temptation in our lives?
Joseph is Forgotten
Then God intervenes and turns the heart of Pharaoh (Proverbs 21:1) to be angry with the chief cupbearer and the chief baker and they are thrown into prison with Joseph. They each have a dream and Joseph interprets the dreams for them. The cup bearer will be restored to his former job in three days, but the poor baker will be dead. Pharaoh will execute him.
In verse 14 Joseph does a very human thing and asks the cupbearer:
He proclaims his innocence and asks the chief cup bearer for help, because Joseph knows he will live. Then on the third day as Joseph had said Pharaoh restored the chief cupbearer and killed the baker.
Gen. 40:23. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Then after two years God was ready for Joseph to be Prime Minister of Egypt, so he gave Pharaoh two dreams. None of the wise men of Egypt were able to interpret the dreams.
Finally, the chief cupbearer remembers.
So, Pharaoh sent for Joseph and said he had been told Joseph could interpret his dreams.
Gen. 41:16. Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Joseph does not take credit for what God does. Pharaoh tells Joseph his dreams. Joseph tells him the meaning: 7 years of plenty, 7 years of famine. Then Joseph continues:
Gen. 41:32. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.
Joseph then goes on to give Pharaoh the plan to fix the problem and his proposal pleases Pharaoh and he makes Joseph Prime Minister, second in command of Egypt, so he can implement his plan.
Pharaoh recognizes Joseph enjoys God’s favor.
Gen.41:38 – 39
Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name and wife. He had two sons. The first born he named Manasseh.
Gen. 41:51 52
There were seven years of plenty and then the famine came.
Describe how God worked in the circumstances of Joseph’s time in prison.
(Possible answers: See the pattern, The Lord was with Joseph, gave him favor with jailor, prosper Joseph and makes him succeed, makes Pharaoh jail the cup bearer and baker)
How did God use this time to further develop Joseph’s character and prepare him for the positon of Prime Minister?
(Possible answers: developed work ethic (even in jail), patience, reliance and trust in God, how to get along with various people)
What indications do you find in the above passage that Joseph gave up on God? (Answer: None, of course.)
What indications do you find that Joseph stayed faithful?
(Possible answers: No whining, no despair, he worked hard, used his gifts for other’s good and God’s glory)
The chief cupbearer forgot Joseph and so Joseph spent another 2 years in prison. If this happened to you how would you react?
What can you do now to prepare for times of waiting?
Joseph is Reunited with His Family.
Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to get food. They didn’t recognize him, but Joseph recognized his brothers. After much testing, many trials, and a few trips between Canaan and Egypt, Joseph is convinced his brothers have repented of the evil they did to him.
Gen. 45: 1-3
So, Joseph tells them:
The brothers went back and got their father and all the clan and brought them to live in Egypt. After some years Jacob, Joseph’s father, dies and once again he must reassure his brothers of his forgiveness and God’s good purposes in all that happened.
Gen.50: 19 – 21
What two things had to happen between Joseph and his brothers for this beautiful family reunion to happen?
(Possible Answers: The repentance of his brothers and Joseph’s forgiveness of them.)
What has Joseph learned through the last 13 years that allows him to so easily forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery?
(Possible answers: He saw the circumstances of his life as part of God’s plan, faith and trust in God)
How do you see God working in Joseph’s life to develop the character that made Pharaoh so impressed with him?
(Possible answers: Trails, afflictions, opportunities to prove himself, reliable and trustworthy, how to be patient)
Forgiveness of someone who has wronged us can be a struggle, especially if they haven’t acknowledged their wrong. What can we learn from Joseph to help us with this struggle?
What is something you will do to develop a forgiving heart?
If you have wronged someone and have not repented, what is keeping you from it?
Yes! All those things are discouraging. But, remember who God is and how He cares for us.
Psalm 139: 16 reads; “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
God said in Psalm 135: 6-7; “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all the deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.”
The point is this, whatever discourages us doesn’t surprise God. He has ordained every thing — yes everything — all the details of your life from it’s beginning to the end. He controls every twist and turn of the narrative of your life. He has a purpose designed for the “DAYS THAT WERE FORMED FOR ME.”
Chosen by the Lord and given repentance and faith, we, His body of believers, are for His possession and purposes. He loves us and He chose us and He watches over us day and night. He loves us so much that Jesus died for us. He suffered the wrath, condemnation and justice that we deserved. God the Father laid all our sin upon Jesus as He shed His blood making atonement for us. Jesus died for His believers.
Then HE rose from the dead, to complete the final glorification of His people! We are His bride. His own possession. We ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, SONS OF GOD FOREVER! That means that I am secure, and nothing happens to me that is NOT for the Glory of God, and for my best interests!! Nothing, whether it be pain, discouragement, or even death.
He is there!
He never forsakes us,
You are loved! And becauseof that, should not we LOVE HIM supremely, and worship Him and seek to obey Him? Yes, we should!
UPDATE ON LATEST STATE OF THE UNION (USA) AND OUR REPUBLIC!
Today is August 30, 2020! We can now honestly and openly say, based on the actual facts regarding the policies expressed by the political parties existing, that the nation is divided between the PARTY OF ANTI GOD PEOPLE, VS THE PARTY OF GOD HONORING PEOPLE! This is objective and factual and truthful simply because the parties leaders state such things by their words, deeds, and actions. It is very easy to see. Also, this means then, our Christian leaders, and other faith people of different views should speak openly about such now. To be silent and think this matter is just slight differences of operations between two major political parties will not fly well anymore. For it is NOT any longer such as it was in times past. One major party has defected to the promotion of evil and wicked ways of life and government which we can no longer entertain and allow in the Republic!!!
The article below was written sometime back during this year, so I wanted to share with you more about issues of importance for the Christian and others who value our nation’s security and survival by God’s grace. Much has developed over the last 6 months or so, about how wrong messages and ideas were place before the public by certain Medical Science? organizations and certainly by the Mass Media Network talking heads! Much of it relating to the Covid-19 China Virus was wrong, and certainly the Lockdowns put in place and especially promoted by the Democratic party turned out to be the worse thing that could have been done to our nation.
Various cities in the U.S. are under siege by radical political motivated people called Democrats, Antifa, BLM (Black Lives Matter Small organization), and other radical people from Entertainment, Educational institutions, foreign countries, large Corporations, and even within all governmental agencies etc.! Although they are in the minority they have large monetary sources to keep up their terrorism, mayhem, hate, and hate crimes, murder, burning of businesses and cars, and trying to discredit and stop the Police departments from even existing. In doing all of this the poor, the minority racial groups, are hurt the worse even though they are using their skin color to cover up their wicked activities as if they are for the minorities when they are absolutely NOT!
Many buy into their deceptive ways and thoughts because they do not think, do not study the issues and just act emotionally on racial issues rather than facts and truth!
But one good note. Their ways are being exposed and they are losing out because of their devotion to take down Law and Order and promote civil unrest and criminal activities along with actual terrorism and warfare activities. President Trump the Law and Order and best person to lead the majority of people, is proving he and our cause will win by God’s grace in the Presidential campaign and hopefully eventually, put this civil unrest down and make arrest with fines and punishment to fit the wrong doings.
So continue to pray for our nation!
TODAY IN THE USA THE PAGANS ARE RESTLESS AND MAD!
Angry, mad, violent, insane, uncivilized, rioting, cursing, protesting in the streets, physically attacking others and destroying property, denying law and order, seeking revenge, hating and murdering, and every other known display of disorder a mind of a human can think of is taking place today in the USA!!
Participating in such will NOT be any Christ follower that is for sure. Participating in such will NOT be those who love their country, their Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Freedom and Civilized Law and Order Government. Only the insane driven mob mentality individuals will be doing such! They are radical, radical because of what I am going to reveal to you from the Bible, as God evaluates such people!!
GOD’S EVALUATIONABOUT THE SO CALLED PROTESTORS IN THE USA!!
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain (empty) thing? The kings (Presidents and Political leaders) of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against HIS anointed (JESUS CHRIST HIS SON & THOSE IN HIS BODY THE REAL CHURCH), SAYING,
LET US BREAK THEIR BANDS ASUNDER, AND CAST AWAY THEIR CORDS FROM US.
FOCUS: What we are observing day after day in the United States is the actual workings of what God stated in the verses above. They purposefully do not wish to be under any guidance and wisdom and discernment from God and His word. They are purposefully ignoring God in the equation of their plans, for if they had been thinking about God in their Governmental plans, they would never be allowing the total chaos and hate and slander and lies and violence to be taking place at all. Individual people are not following God at all during these so called protests which are really riots and terrorism.
They have cast God and His word out!!
He (God) that sits in the heavens shall laugh!!! the Lord shall have them in derision! Then shall HE speak unto them in HIS WRATH, and VEX them in His sore displeasure.
Here at this very moment in time (today) God is laughing at the pagan wicked forces that are assembling and seeking to carry out their wicked activities. Such groups as: The Democratic party leadership; the BLM movement; the Nation of Islam Farrakhan movement; the Antifa movement; the Socialists and Fascists of the day, etc.! GOD LAUGHS AT THEM! Not only that, HE (GOD) speaks out loud today in HIS wrath, and VEXES them in His sore displeasure! How so, one may ask? By sending upon us the Covid-19 Plague, and by sending upon us the insane, violent hate filled protestors and chaotic war soldiers of the demon possessed ones in the USA! Jesus Christ states their father is the Devil. Only if they turn away from such things, and cry out to the Lord God and Jesus Christ to forgiven them and save them will they be acceptable by God!!! God is a God of love, mercy and kindness, but He is also a God of Wrath, Justice and Punishment upon all of those who reject Him and His Son Jesus.
THE LIGHT SHINES HOWEVER IN THE MIDST OF THE DARKNESS!
Yet I have set my KING (Jesus) upon my holy hill ZION (In Heaven). I will declare the decree – the Lord has said unto me, YOU (Jesus) are my SON; this DAY have I begotten You. ASK of me, and I shall give you the Heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. YOU shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Here you find the prophecy spelled out of what Christ Jesus will carry out in the end times, and that is found out in the book of Revelation. Christ will comes down and judge the wicked who forgot God and turned away from Him.
We at a minimum are now – right now – experiencing the fortaste of what that is going to be like when Jesus brings a climax to all of this. IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ANYONE NOW? CAN THIS BE CHANGED? I AM NOT SURE IF THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FINAL END OR NOT, BUT THERE CAN BE HOPE AND THERE CAN BE A POSSIBILITY OF GOD’S BLESSINGS IF PEOPLE WOULD TURN TO HIM!
NOTE GOD’S WORDS: “BE WISE NO THEREFORE, O YOU KINGS (GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS AND POLITICAL LEADERS AND OTHER PAGAN GROUPS); BE INSTRUCTED, YOU JUDGES OF THE EARTH. SERVE THE LORD WITH FEAR, AND REJOICE WITH TREMBLING. KISS THE SON (JESUS) LEST HE BE ANGRY, AND YOU PERISH FROM THE WAY, WHEN HIS WRATH IS KINDLED BUT A LITTLE. BLESSED ARE ALL THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM!”
I call upon the Democrats, the Republicans, the Independents, the violent gangs and groups such as BLM, ANTIFA, NATION OF ISLAM, ISLAMISTS, SOCIALISTS, COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS, ETC., AS WELL AS ANY AND ALL RELIGIOUS TYPE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD, TO REPENT AND TURN TO CHRIST AND BE SAVED FROM THE WRATH OF THE SON AND GOD THE FATHER, BEFORE IT IS TO LATE!! THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR! COME TO HIM NOW AND PERHAPS YOU WILL FIND HELP AND SALVATION FROM SUCH PUNISHMENT. OTHERWISE ALL WILL PERISH!
THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR OF HEAVEN PREPARING TO COME DOWN AND EXECUTE JUDGMENT UPON THE WICKED UNBELIEVERS AND SELF CENTERED INDIVIDUALS WHO PRACTICE EVIL!
SPOTLIGHT: When we see such majestic things before our very eyes, is it just Amazement that takes place or do we realize this all was created by the God of the entire Universe and it is by FAITH in HIM we are amazed? There is a difference between Amazement and Faith. God isn’t just interested in creating a mind boggling experience, HE is after our obedience in His ruling our hearts!
NOTE THE DIFFERENCES CONCERNING FAITH AND EXPERIENCE!
Paul David Tripp noted the following:
You can be amazed by the grand sweep of the redemptive story in Scripture and not be living in faith.
You can be amazed by the labyrinthine logic of the theology of the Word of God and not be living by faith.
You can be amazed by the great worship music you participate in every Sunday and not be living by faith.
You can be amazed by the love of your small group and not be living by faith.
You can be amazed by the wonderful biblical preaching and teaching that you hear and not be living by faith.
You can be amazed by the grace of the cross of Jesus and not be living by faith.
Hebrews 11:6 reads, “But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please HIM; for He that comes to God must believe that HE is and that HE is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
Faith! Let’s examine that again!
Examine Galatians 5:4-5: “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.”
Notice how God is telling us that FAITH is the key. Keeping the law and looking to it to make us righteous will not ever work. Keeping rules, being religious is not going to cut it!! FAITH is the key. Hebrews makes much of this for us. And, it is NOT just a learned or perhaps a mental assent to some doctrines and teachings either. IT IS A LIVING, VITAL, ACTIVE, POWERFUL TRUST, CONFIDENCE, RELIANCE UPON, DEPENDENCY UPON, AND JUST PLAIN TOTAL BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST AS MY HOPE, MY RIGHTEOUSNESS, MY LIFE, MY ALL IN ALL ABOUT THE MATTER OF ETERNAL LIFE AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN. I DO NOT START, AND SHOULD NEVER START, ANY IDEA OF ‘MORAL DEISM” THAT IS “TRYING TO CHANGE OUR SINFUL HABITS AND HEART ATTITUDES WITH JUST PLAIN OLD DETERMINATION OF THE MIND AND THOUGHTS. The usage of special programs and courses to make things work we think! IT WON’T WORK! WHY? FAITH COMES FROM OUTSIDE OF US AND INTO US BY GOD HIMSELF, AS HE AND HIS WORD by the Holy Spirit, CALLS US TO HIMSELF AND THE GOSPEL MESSAGE.
That is why it is called being “born again” or the “new birth” or the “new creation.” We can’t make such spiritual and miraculous things like that just happen through our will power.It really is a relationship that takes place between the sinner and God! And why I say God, I mean the Triune God, the Father, the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit which is ONE God existing in three divine beings totally unified and never separated for one moment, and co-substantial and co-equal in all things.
This relationship is established by the presence of God coming to reside in our very innermost being (Heart, Soul, Spirit and the very core of our being). Our body, is the place that the “sin” abides and it is called the Flesh (Sarx or Sin). We, the new person created by God through His word and Spirit, are separated now from that Flesh. But that flesh still gives us many problems as it uses the Law of God to condemn us, shame us, make us feel guilty, seeks to undermine the work of God in us, and also makes us sense anxiety from being insecure and sensing we are not even saved because we sinned against our Lord God at times.
But, we know Justification has taken place via Grace, because we receive the Holy Spirit and HE makes sure HE establishes that relationship with our spirit that we are the sons of God. Also, we have received Christ Himself and the Father who comes and dwells within us, and we in God! It is a on-going vital relationship. And it never ceases or stops. Even our stumbling into sin will not stop the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Sin, Satan and the System of this world can never take away what God has ordained and accomplished in our life. We are secure in HIM! He keeps us, we do not keep ourselves for we are not able to do so!!
His is not satisfied with the wonder and amazement we have in our minds. He is not going to let it all stop there. He moves on establishing in us life-altering rule in our very deepest heart, our soul and our spirit as they are developed in the full maturity of God’s design for His children in this life and the next. From regeneration to glorification, it is ALL about HIM and HIS work in us!! Amen!
John 3:6 and 8; “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
“The WIND blows where is wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell where it comes from, or where it will go; so is every ONE that is born of the Spirit.
THE HUMAN PERSON IS COMPOSED OF A BODY, SOUL AND A SPIRIT. THREE DISTINCT SEPARATE WORDS THAT MEAN THERE IS A DIFFERENT IN EACH PART OF MANKIND!
1 THESSALONIANS 5: 23:
“And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I.SONLIGHT SHINES ON HIS WORD ILLUMINATING ITS MEANING!
BODY – GREEK WORD: SOMA
SOUL – GREEK WORD: PSUCHE
SPIRIT – GREEK WORD: PNEUMA
FLESH (SARX) AND SIN (HAMARTIA)
Remember in your reading and study of the word of God, NO word is without special meaning in and of itself. Words have a meaning. They are not just fillers, or thrown out as if we can’ change them or eliminate them. They stand forever and God is not going to let ONE “jot or title”(like the dotting of the i or the comma ,) as He stated pass away until ALL is fulfilled.
Another thing to remember after we are saved or born again by the word of God as the Holy Spirit brings that about, is this; WE are NOT at war with our three parts (which make up our oneness), that is, you are not fighting yourself. We are fighting SIN not our new born again and saved personhood. My body is not my enemy! My soul is not my enemy! My spirit is not my enemy!
The word says our enemies are “The World, the Flesh and Satan. The word Flesh there is SARX which is SIN.” WE fight sin which is our enemy and it is identified as being in our body and it is called the Flesh!
Sometimes we use the term flesh for our skin and bones and parts of the body complex, that is fine, but you have to remember that the term is also used in English as the entity of SIN inside of our bodies. It is SARX or the Flesh! This is what we are DElivered from when we get saved. The word said we are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH. That did not mean we are no longer in our physical bodies for we are. We are however delivered out of the FLESH (SARX) sin! Sin no longer reigns and rules over us!!
II. WE ARE NOT A VEGETABLE OR AN ANIMAL, BUT A HUMAN BEING WITH A SPIRIT, MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD!
BODY – ROMANS 6: 12-13 – Present your body to God!
Consider your body is dead to sin. Colossians 3:5
Discipline your body – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Bridle your body – James 3:2
THE SOUL IS MENTIONED ALSO AND IS INVOLVED IN OUR STRUGGLES AGAINST SIN!
Fleshly lusts war against our soul – 1 Peter 2:11
Our soul is saved – 1 Peter 1: 8-9
Our soul is born again and purified – 1 Peter 1: 22,23
God’s promise to Himself is the Anchor for our soul – Hebrews 6:19
What about our minds? Our minds connect to the soul and spirit so notice what the Bible says about the mind:
Our Mind can be led astray – 2 Corinthians 11:3
The word states, “Be you transformed by the Reneweing of the Mind”! – Romans 12:2
Set your mind on (spiritual things, Christ, having the mind of Christ, etc)! – Colossians 3:2
THE SPIRIT OF MAN
HEBREWS 4:12 – “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow (body parts), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (innermost part of man).”
Our soul, and our spirit and our body were dead spiritually prior to the New Birth. Now notice not only is the soul saved, but also the spirit:
It is crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:2
Our old self is crucified with Him also – Romans 6:6
We died with Christ – Col. 2:20
We are new creatures or a creation – Ephesians 4:20-24 – Note past tense: We are to put on the “new mind” or renewed mind of the spirit (note the connection) created by Christ. See: Colossians 3:9-10
So, we have a new inner man. A new spirit, a new soul, so states 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 and that is now! Spiritually we are not our own worse enemies for we are friends of God, children of God not his enemies. Our spirits do not initiate Sin, but it does “sigh”, gets provoked, gets refreshed, etc., see: Mark 8:11, 12; Acts 17:16; 2 Corinthians 7:13. And the spirit of saved people are ONE with CHRIST JESUS. – 1 Corinthians 6: 16-17. The Law condemned each of us! The Law also when sin was laid upon Christ Jesus on the Cross, condemned us and in Christ’s work on the cross had its ultimate purpose of crushing sin and judging it absolutely! It (the Law) did its work ONCE for all for our sin(s) and now is DEAD to us and we to it! It can’t work on us anymore for we are DEAD with Christ, but ALIVE unto God forever. So, even though the Law is good, it is God’s moral Law reflective of His character, and it is still existing as such, but it is no longer operative in the life of one who is DEAD to it and it to them! That is the born again new creation believer! It can no longer be used for if it did, it would be evil and wrong because it did its work already and it is not longer applicable or to be used against us since we died to it. That is why Paul through the Spirit used the illustration of a dead spouse being separated from the living one making the living one able now to be married to another and not be called an adulterer!! The old spouse is no longer making claims to the other spouse because she or he is dead!!! No legal rights exist to a dead one. If today, you stumble, sin, slip into sin, and then begin to approach God as if you are being condemned, punished, under His wrath and anger because of this slip up, you are calling out that we are adulterers and adulteresses making God being implicated in the union now as being sinful. That is an an abomination! Never think so or say so! Don’t do it! Yes, we failed, but we are NOT any longer under condemnation or wrath for such slip up and sin now!! It is not held against us. We NEVER lose fellowship andrelationship with Jesus Christ or God the Father or God the Holy Spirit due to a personal sin now after being born again. Never!! Yes, we admit and confess even to another person we sinned against them, but that sin is FORGIVEN BY GOD ALWAYS AND WE MUST JUST LET IT BE KNOW WE ALLOWED THE FLESH (sarx) TO OPERATE AND FAIL BUT OUR NEW CREATION OR NEW MAN IS NOT GUILTY FOR WE ARE IN CHRIST HIDDEN FROM WRATH AND ANGER OF GOD!
As I have stated before, that the “Flesh” that part of our inner body where SIN dwells is the Evil and the Enemy not our skin and bones or blood, or our new spirit and or our new soul and even our physical body parts are not our enemy even though it is weak due to the decay and aging process it goes through until we pass away and go back to dust.
I know that a lot of this is mystery, and there isn’t proper words to describe some of the aspects of this because we are not God and do not have the capabilities to understand all of the inner workings going on, but what the scripture expresses we can understand it enough to believe it and understand much of it for our edification and helps to give us a proper way to handle the affairs of our earthly life here spiritually and in a godly manner.
THE PROMISE OF GOD ALSO INCLUDED A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH! THE CITY OF GOD!
1 PETER 1:1; 1 Peter 2:9;
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside AS ALIENS, …….”“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Notice that Peter reveals to the saints that they are no longer after salvation, to be considered citizens of this world, but rather, aliens, residing in a country that they no longer can consider their home. In another place, Paul the Apostle I believe stated we are as saints to be “looking for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is God.” A reflection on what Abraham a friend of God was doing throughout his lifetime!
I fear to many of us have become acclimated to this world system so much we do not feel like aliens at all. Do we long for and become excited about every day our new home in glory which is to come? Do we long for that place? Paul surely did, and so should we!
OLD TESTAMENT PROMISE TO GOD’S PEOPLE ALSO RELATES TO THE GOSPEL AND OUR POSITION IN CHRIST JESUS!
JEREMIAH 28: 7-14
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will have welfare.”
This promise was to Israel specifically and only at that time. However, the Gospel brings each saint of God into God’s promises to all of His children living as aliens on this planet today and tomorrow and always! He continues:
Verse 11; “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon ME and come and pray to Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortune and from all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place fro where I sent you into exile.”
God has great plans for us, our welfare, our protection during our stay here on earth, even though we go through trials and tribulations, and difficulties HE promised to be WITH US all the way. Right there in the middle of the dark pot of evil if so be. We will and we do pray and we are promised He will hear our prayers, and eventually remove us from this cursed planet to our heavenly home, or He will come back and translate us into His glory and we will dwell with HIM on planet earth totally restored to perfection in the New city of God New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21: 1-3; 10-11;
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is No longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.”
John goes on through Chapter 21 of Revelation to describe that city in more detail. This is where we are ultimately going to be one day and very soon really!
So, as we awaken each morning, let us remember seriously and contemplate much about it all, in spite of the troublesome times we are in with plagues, riots, war, terrorism, hate, chaos, confusion, crime, murder, robberies, destruction of property, and the outworking of immorality and evil of all types going on, we HAVE a place prepared for us with Jesus and HE will keep His promise to us. Pray for it to come and also pray for the Welfare of our City, our State, and our Nation where we live in Exile today so we too will have good welfare even as they could have when God so designs it to be.
FOCUS: GOD made our bodies, God loves our bodies, and God said He considers the body of the ones whom He saves as His Temple! He resides in our bodies!
Spotlight: GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR BODIES AND OFFER THEM AS A SACRIFICE TO HIM IN WORSHIP DAILY!
THE TABERNACLE OF GOD ON EARTH!
Romans 11:33 – 12:2:
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?
Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
ALL THINGS ARE MADE FOR CHRIST, BY CHRIST AND THROUGH CHRIST! ALL MADE FOR HIS GLORY AND MAJESTY AND TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER HIS DIRECT CONTROL AND POWER!
The bodies we live in then are His and He purchased them through His blood on the Cross being shed so, bringing us back from Sin and Evil and Satan, that which was lost! The scriptures speak of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us, was the down payment of the purchased possession, which not only is the soul, the spirit, but also, the body of those whom He redeems and saves!
This body we are in now is the Tabernacle or Temple of God. He dwells there, and we are IN HIM now! We are NOT in the FLESH (that part of our body which houses the entity called Sin! We are truly New Born changed totally people. We have become priests of God, sons of God, children of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus to all that the Father has is given to us in His Son!
Paul just spoke through the Spirit in Romans as shown, that this body then should be considered a “holy” “sacred” place when we live out our daily lives on this planet. I mean every moment of every day!
This body is NOT evil nor is it sin! The elements of the body are flesh, blood, bone, and all of its intricate nerve and tendons etc., network. MATTER is NOT sin! But SIN dwells in this body and has its abode there! Fearfully and wonderfully made by God!
One of the most destructive teachings developed in the early Church days called GNOSTICISM! They taught a sharp contrast between matter and spirit, the realm of darkness and the realm of light. All that was natural, human, and material was considered to be evil; the spirit was the only thing that matters!
So, because of that, they denied the incarnation. That is, the God/man, Jesus was both God and man. 100% God, and 100% man without sin. They said he only appeared to have a physical body, sort of like the Theophany appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. Also, because of their errors and heresy, they denied the Resurrection which is so clearly taught in the word of God. Jesus even spoke much about the Resurrection of our bodies, as well as Paul the Apostle in the Epistles. The Gnostics consider our bodies a “Prison House” of the spirit. They wanted to be free of this prison house.
It is due to sin, a malady and a sad and disruptive thing to leave our bodies. We do not just “have” a body, we are bodily. It is our humanity, and it will be restored to a perfect body at the resurrection and we will be complete, perfect, a total spiritual being consisting of a body, soul and spirit! Three in ONE which is a spiritual state then!
Job 19:26 reads, “Though……worms destroy this body, yet IN MY FLESH I shall see God.”
Sadly today we see some of these Gnostic tendencies in the local Churches about our bodies. Sexual organs which God created and included in his statement after created us, was GOOD. We call them now “naughty parts” or at least many do. Pleasure and enjoyment is suspect in some circles. Many of us also will remember funerals where something like this was stated, “So and so is finally free of her body, and her spirit is able to worship God without any hindrance.” When really it was NOT her body or his body that was the hindrance, but rather “sin” that dwelled in that body. A usurper, a foreign virus which is evil dwelled there, not the body itself. The body was affected by sin and a curse came and we began to die the moment we were conceived, that is physically die.
Thomas Watson, a Puritan believer and preacher, said this: “Not in anotherflesh, but in my flesh shall I be resurrected. Some hold that the soul and spirit shall be clothed with a new body; but then it would be improper to call it a resurrection. Rather, it would be a creation. If the body did not rise again, a believer would not be completely happy, for, though the soul and spirit can subsist without the body, yet it has a desire of reunion with the body. If the soul and spirit should got to heaven, and not the body, then a believer would be only half saved.”
I think I would go along with the word “new” in the sense of our real resurrected same body is made into a spiritual body which has no sin and weakness anymore. So I would disagree with this thought on that part, but his idea is certainly Biblical it is NOT a new thing outside of the old made new.
In other words, not some body prepared that was not connected with the old one made new is the point!. Also, we must remember our bodies are set apart as holy by God NOW!!! So, God surely will keep His promises to make the Body of his people totally perfected in all aspects, and one that will be “our former bodies” but changed to meet the qualities which the Spirit World requires in which we will be.
In other words, parts of the body which were essential and no longer essential will be done away with for there is absolutely NO need for them any longer in the heavenly sphere and the new earth. One no longer needs oxygen, no lungs needed, no longer need sexual organs for there is no usefulness in the spirit world for such, no procreation and no urinary requirements.
On and on we could go. But what is left is what is our body parts and the whole that is identifiable as our body. Much mystery is here but God does give us clues which we can certainly project into our over all considerations about the new spiritual aspects of our bodies.
SPOTLIGHT: GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. HE DIED FOR OUR BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM TOTALLY PERFECT AND COMPLETELY MADE FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD WHICH IS SPIRITUAL!
SPIRITUAL IN THE SENSE, THAT NO CURSE, NO SIN, NO PAIN NO SUFFERING, NO WEAKNESS, NO CORRUPTION, NO DECAY, NO IMPERFECTIONS AND NO MORE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN SINCE ONEEXISTS.
When we read the scriptures we find many times that those teachings from God are not either understood or they are just ignored, or just plain rejected by some. Even by some in the local visible Churches of the world. The following is a testimony from a person who follows the word of God concerning the teachings we have in our blog! The person states: “……..I have completely stopped trying to be a good Christian. I’ve stopped OBSESSING OVER SINS, I’VE STOPPED READING MY BIBLE BECAUSE IT IS WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO DO. aND BECAUSE OF THESE TEACHINGS I NOW EXPERIENCE FREEDOM MORE THAN I HAVE EVER FELT IN MY LIFE. AS A RESULT I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SINNING LESS, READING MY BIBLE MORE, AND FINDING NEW REASONS TO PRAISE GOD EACH DAY. IT’S AMAZING HOW A SHIFT IN FOCUS FROM MYSELF TO CHRIST CAN RESULT IN SUCH A REMARKABLE CHANGE. JESUS PLUS NOTHING!”
I. CALLING WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED CANNOT BE CURSED!
The Old Testament carriers a story of a man named Balaam and a King named Balak! It is found in Genesis 22-24! King Balak wanted this so-called prophet to Curse Israel so he could conquer them. But God would have none of it. No matter what Balak thought about them or any one else, they were blessed by God and protected from such cursings.
God literally stated to Balaam, you can’t curse those whom I have blessed. (Paraphrased but exactly what God meant and said). With all of their warts, bad habits, sins, etc., they were blessed. And what God blesses no man can curse, no not even a preacher or a Church or another Christian can curse a saint of God!
Balaam was in all of this for money. He had an encounter with the Lord God as he road his Donkey traveling to be with Balak the King. The Donkey was stubborn, and would not travel as Balaam wanted the Donkey to do. So Balaam beat the Donkey, and God finally opened Balaam eyes to see the Angel of the Lord standing in front of the Donkey forbidding the Donkey to travel. God meant business and serious business when someone wishes to Curse His Chosen people and cast a spell upon them.
II. PETER THE APOSTLE LEARNED THE LESSON THAT THOSE WHO WERE CONSIDERED EVIL AND SINNERS, GOD CAN BLESS AND SAVE AND THE JEWS NEEDED TO LEARN THAT GOD IS THE ONE WHO SAVES BY GRACE, NOT BY WORKS AND NOT BY RACIAL BACKGROUND!
ACTS 10 REVEALS THE STORY. Peter was in a trance and saw a net come down out of heaven full of all types of insects and creatures which were considered unclean by the Jews.
The objective of this vision was to show Peter that God is the ONE who chooses and calls and saves those whom He desires to show mercy to! These ‘sinners’ called Gentiles, were shunned by Jews and they would have nothing to do with them. They were considered unclean because God had chosen Israel to be His people and they considered it so only because of Abraham and they were of the physical seed of Abraham.
They did not follow God, but rather the Law, and not Grace, and not Faith. The work God was now going to do was related to a Gentile and his family. A man named Cornelius was the one whom Peter was going to be sent to and have the Gospel preached to him and his family for God was going to actually save them and place them into the Body of Christ Jesus. A Gentile being placed within the same body of Christ that Jews were in.
One of the major points here is this; NO CHRISTIAN SHALL EVER CALL A PERSON UNHOLY AND UNCLEAN WHOM GOD HAS BLESSED AND MADE PURE AND HOLY AND SANCTIFIED BY HIS GRACE, VIA THE NEW BIRTH! IN FACT, THE ENTIRE BOOK OF GALATIANS SPEAKS ON THIS ALSO, BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT IS THE GOSPEL. NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND NOT BY PHYSICAL BIRTH OR ETHIC POSITION. BEING A SEED OF ABRAHAM PHYSICALLY DID NOT MAKE ONE A BLESSED SAVED PERSON EVER!
III. THE CHURCH MANY TIMES USES LANGUAGE WHICH IS MISTAKEN BY CALLING THE SAINTS OF GOD SINNERS, VILE, THEIR HEARTS A IDOL FACTORY, UNPURE, UNHOLY, WICKED, CORRUPT AND NOT RIGHTEOUS!
Our identity in Christ makes us Saints and the following terms reflects that identity: Holy; Sanctified; Pure; Righteous; Body of Christ; Bridge of Christ; Undefiled; Saints; Alive; Born Again; New Creation; New Creature; Child of God; Sons of God; Blessed and not cursed, etc.!
Yet, we hear a constant drumbeat through the halls of the buildings where the local body of Christ meets that we are: Sinners; defiled, carnal, wicked, idol factory hearts people; corrupt; out of fellowship with God; Not abiding or dwelling in Christ; perverted; etc., etc.!
MAY I HUMBLY SAY TO THOSE WHOM I LOVE IN THE LORD, WHO ARE DOING THESE THINGS, THAT IS A MISREPRESENTATION OF WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. WE ARE NOT HALF-BREEDS; WE ARE NOT MONGRELS; WE ARE NOT A FREAK OF SPIRITUAL NATURE STUFF; WE ARE NOT IN AND OUT OF CHRIST; WE ARE NOT WICKED SINNERS; WE ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS SUCH! EITHER WE ARE SAVED, FORGIVEN (ALL SINS), IN CHRIST, IN GOD, IN THE HOLY SPIRIT OR WE ARE NOT!
THERE IS NO CO-MINGLING OF DEITY WITH A WICKED FOUL LOST IN DARKNESS SINNER, OR A SPIRITUALLY DEAD PERSON. MAKING US BE IN DARKNESS AND THEN WITH A PRAYER QUICKLY TURN BACK INTO A SAINT AND IN LIGHT – IS ABSOLUTE INCORRECT DOCTRINE. I DON’T CARE IF IT HAS BEEN PREACHED FOREVER, IT IS WRONG PREACHING AND TEACHING. THE WORD IS CLEAR. WE ARE SAINTS, WE ARE BORN AGAIN, AND WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS AND SIN AND THE DEVIL CAN’T REACH US OR CORRUPT US.
IV. DO WE SIN HOWEVER?
I direct you to major articles in this blog which deals with this more in depth. But the answer is yes, sin does take place within our body. The skin and bone and blood body and its members are NOT regenerated yet. This body we live in however, at the new birth and reception of the Holy Spirit was Purchased By God to be His, and He dwells in it now and it is HIS Temple. One day He will allow it to go back to dust, and then one day He will raise it up into a perfect resurrected body or if He comes back to earth before we pass away, He will translate this body in a new spiritual body immediately and we will be with Him!
But again, sin dwells still in our physical body and it is called FLESH. The area SIN dwells in, and it seeks to express itself all the time. We find that Sin is influenced by the world, the Devil and we find that Sin seeks to tempt us to do wrong and even uses the Law of God to increase that scenario!
However, NOW that we are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if we have the Holy Spirit and we have Christ, we Walk in the Holy Spirit and NOT in the flesh! So what then is it, for sin takes place with its fruits expressed? Yes, but remember Paul stated in Romans 7, that when this takes place, he Paul does not want to sin, wants to do right, live right and obey God and loves God and His law, but this thing called sin is ever present with him and he doesn’t do what he wants to do but what he doesn’t want to do he does.
What? Wow! What is that? It is this, Paul says, so clearly; It no longer is my doing the sin, but SIN doing the Sin in his body. Not a cop out, but a reality of the spiritual status we are in after being saved and PLACED INto GOD and into Christ. You can’t have God and Christ and the HOLY Spirit whom we are in sinning and they would be if we are IN THEM!! Sin can’t get to Christ and ME the Redeemed sanctified Me! It can only affect the body it dwells within. Even John the Apostle stated in John 1:9 etc., that if we are in THE SEED (CHRIST) WE DO NOT SIN. The point is WE CAN’T SIN BECAUSE OF THAT. BUT OUR BODY WHERE SIN IS STILL DWELLING CAN SIN. THIS IS A MYSTERY I KNOW BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS DESCRIBED AND WE RUN WITH IT.
SO, WE ARE NOT TO CLASSIFY OURSELVES AS THOSE WHO CAN BE CURSED AND BECOME SINNERS AGAIN AND WICKED LIKE BALAAM AND BALAK WANTED TO DO. PEOPLE WANT TO PUT A BALAAM DEAL ON US ALL THE TIME. WE ARE ALWAYS HAVE IT PREACHED WE ARE LIKE WHAT BALAK WANTS TO HAPPEN, CURSED, WHEN WE ARE NOT CURSED.
A BIG PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN WE DON’T SEE ALL OF THIS AND THAT IS: WE WALLOW AROUND ALL THE TIME IN THE POT OF SIN, THE CORRUPTION, THE EVIL OF SIN AND STAY FOCUSED ON SIN SEEKING TO ALWAYS BE FIGHTING IT AND STAYING IN TOUCH WITH IT ALL DAY LONG, RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON CHRIST AND OUR TRUE IDENTITY. NO WONDER FOLKS ARE DEPRESSED, DISCOURAGED, FULL OF A LACK OF HOPE AND FAITH.
One has to see they are really delivered, really saved, really born again, really have Christ, really have the Holy Spirit, really are sanctified, really have the power of Christ and the Spirit upon us, really do know our sins are all forgiven and cast away so far God doesn’t even see them anymore, really have the atonement, really have vital everlasting Life and really are NOT in the FLESH but in the Spirit if one wants to have peace, joy, satisfaction, stability, contentment, deliverance from temptations and sinful allurements, etc.!
We are forgiven, saved, redeemed, born again, saints, a new creation and a new creature and pure and holy and justified and sanctified in Christ Jesus. That is our identity. The sin Flesh is wicked and sinful but not us!!!
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CARNAL CHRISTIAN. A CHRIST FOLLOWER MAY FAIL AND BEEN SEEN DOING CARNAL THINGS DUE TO THE SIN WHICH BREAKS OUT IN AND FROM THE FLESH (WHERE SIN ABIDES), BUT THAT IS NOT THE BORN AGAIN HOLY SANCTIFIED PERSON WHO IS IN CHRIST ACTING CARNAL, BUT THE FLESH ACTING CARNAL. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. A BIG DIFFERENCE.
KEY SPOTLIGHT AND POINT:
GOD HAS STATED WE ARE TO STRUGGLE, FIGHT, AND STAND AGAINST THIS MONSTER THAT STILL ABIDES IN OUR BODIES, BUT IT IS A SEPARATE ENTITY AND NOT PART OF THE NEW BORN CHILD OF GOD’S DIVINE NATURE WHICH WE HAVE.