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 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!
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?
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 also is this; whatever discourages us doesn’t surprise God at all. He has ordained every things, yes everything – the every detail in your life from its beginning to the ends. He controls every twist and turn of the narrative of your life. He has a purpose designed for THE “ALL THINGS THAT HAPPEN” IN AND THROUGH US.
For the Lord has chosen His body of believers and those He gave faith and repentance to, for His own possession. He loves them, He chose them, He watches over them day and night, He LOVES them, so much so, that HE died for them and suffered the wrath, condemnation and justice from God the Father having ALL of our sin laid upon Him as He shed His blood for our atonement and died for us!
Then HE rose from the dead, to complete the final Glorification of His people! They are HIS bride, His own possession, they 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 that may come, or whether it is even death. He is there! He never forsakes me and or you If you know HIM!
You are Loved! And becauseof that, should not we LOVE HIM supremely, and worship Him and seek to obey Him? Yes, we should!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE GOING UP IN FLAMES! WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING? COVID-19 VIRUS; STREET RIOTS AND TERRORISM; COLLAPSE OF OUR MAINLINE MEDIA OUTLETS IN TERMS OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY; BUILDINGS, BUSINESSES, CHURCH BUILDINGS; SYNAGOGUES; RESTAURANTS; FAST FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; RETAIL STORES, POLICE CARS; — GOING UP IN FLAMES!!! STAY TUNED FOR THE ‘REST OF THE STORY’ FED THROUGH THE LENS OF BIBLICAL METANARRATIVE UNDERSTANDING.
JUNE 29, 2020:
Winds are blowing and the chaff is being driven away and exposing the lies, corruption, and outright unlawful and traitor like activities being endorsed and practiced by the leaders of the Democratic party. Thanking God for HIS exposure of evil in our midst. Poison is in the POT! The problem with our nation is SIN, and it is Human beings that are the problem, NOT COVID-19! That VIRUS comes from God in judgment upon the human beings who deny and strike out at God and His creation which includes other humans! Denial of God is meaningless when HE ACTUALLY EXISTS and is involved in every detail of human life, all the way from death, evil and good and righteousness.
He uses evil to work for HIS good purposes and plans. He allows evil to be in order to show its ugly face as to what it is, and how HE will destroy it and show forth HOW good and Holy and Right HE always is. He is GOD! Satan is not and nor are his children in whom he lives and conducts his affairs in this world.
June 28, 2020:
God has a word to this generation of people on planet earth! Are they listening, and if they listen, what do they do with it? God is calling every human being alive on earth today, to turn from their wicked ways, (repent), and confess their sins to Him for all sin is directed toward God whether a person acknowledges it or doesn’t even realize it. IT IS!!! But the sin comes down on God’s creatures especially the human beings, one’s own kind. Then after repenting and confessing, a person must trust and have faith in Jesus Christ as HIS Lord and God and worship Him forever.
Is this happening? Perhaps on a individual small scale some are doing this during this judgmental period from God, but it is not large enough to make the headlines or change the culture here in the USA!
People will not allow their own minds to embrace the fact THIS IS FROM GOD TO US!! THIS IS NOT JUST CHANCE HAPPENINGS, NOT JUST AN ACCIDENT, NOT JUST SOME FLUKE OF NATURE. IT IS DIRECT JUDGMENT FROM GOD!! PERIOD!Over and over again through out the Old Testament days, God warned people about impending judgment and if they would not turn from their sins and worship Him He would bring the judgment. Totally destroying the nations.
For instance in Jeremiah 36, God warned the tribes of Judah to turn from their wickedness and if they would HE would not judge them and destroy them. The prophet wrote down on a scroll the message from God to the King of Judah, and he heard it read and took the scroll on which it was written and burned it in the fire and would not LISTEN to God’s call and demand!! So, they were destroyed.
God uses all types of ways to implement upon people His judgement. He may bring plagues like the Covid-19 China Virus, a Earthquake, a Tornado, a Hurricane, a local Flood on a nation, War upon a nation from another nation, Terrorism, Famine, etc.! These are sent because of SIN AND REBELLION. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE, THIS SIN THAT WOULD CAUSE SUCH ACTIONS FROM THE GOD OF ALL CREATION?
It is things expressed like this: Hate, Slander, Lies, Constant hate expressed by verbal damage to another’s character, lust for power, control, and money; pride, arrogance, deceit, lips that spread rumors, murder, violence, mayhem, terrorism, physical abuse, mental abuse, rape, sexual aberrations of all types, robbery, Greed, False narratives, racial hate by any person or group of a certain racial characteristic toward others not in their tribe, misrepresentations, false reports, placing heavy burdens on others they cannot bear, abuse, laziness, gossip, drunkenness, drug usage, abuse of body, and any other like things that people do and engage in that bring harm to others or to their own self.
This is going on 24/7 today by all people to some degree in the USA! The mass media outlets (news, programs etc.) and the Press, along with the Political parties which NONE or exempt from the above, but the Democrats and Socialists are some of the worse offenders and fully blown expressors of the sins mentioned. Along with them are the BLM, Antifa and various other radical groups which have arisen that are full of SIN and wickedness activities.
So, God sends JUDGEMENT. We see HIS wrath displayed as HE sends and allows such things as we notice as the China Covid-19; the harm to our social civilized unity which brings divisions, strife, hate, murder, rape and destruction of property. This is the JUDGEMENT OF GOD! Also, He sends the collapse of civility and Governmental wisdom and a lack of control of the masses of people which have gone absolutely MAD and INSANE with their sins flowing from their souls as if it were water from a faucet!! This is taking place today in the USA!
A nation which embraced Christ and God and worshipped him in days past, has left God and worshipped SELF and CREATION and have become absolute Idol worshippers of such! So we are under a dark cloud of Judgment and it will NOT get better but worse until man bows their KNEES to GOD rather than to other people!!! HE will bring a total destructive blow to the nation of ours if our people do not turn to HIM! That is it period! History has proven such and HE always works this way.
HE IS HOWEVER A GOD OF GRACE, MERCY, KINDNESS, LOVE, AND BENEVOLENCE, BUT HE WILL NOT BE SNUBBED BY HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR REBELLION AGAINST HIM WILL BRING HIS OTHER ATTRIBUTES OF JUSTICE AND WRATH AND CONDEMNATION UPON HUMANS. IT IS THEIR CHOICE. GOD OR JUDGMENT! GOD OR CONDEMNATION! GOD OR REBELLION! GOD OR LUST! GOD OR CRIME! GOD OR SELFISHNESS! GOD OR HATE!
God sent His Son Jesus Christ (the God man), into the world to save those who would repent and trust Him as Lord and God and Savior. He shed His blood and died for Sins atoning for those sins making a person able to find pardon and forgiveness if they will trust in HIM alone for salvation from God’s wrath!! So, if YOU hear HIM call come to Him now and be saved. Then peace, joy, healing, civility will come back to our nation and hope and a great future for all who do so!!
Having said all of that, I want to make a note of this; the local body of Christ called the Church, is to realize than any of that message about the world needing to repent and confess and trust in faith Christ, is also directed FIRST to the body of Christ, which may be moving away into a mode of thinking which believes that the “cultural status” means we are to be “WOKE” and make changes in our own home and people in order to placate or bend the knee to the world system. Not so! We need to bend our knees to the eternal word of God and live and obey Him not the mores and systems of this world and their ideas about race, culture, or sex or anything else.
They HAVE NO WORD for us at all. Our WORD comes directly in scripture FROM GOD ALONE! To Him we answer and seek to obey not the Government, not the people of any racial group, not any militant movement etc.! All we say to them all is repent and get right with God and our Christ Jesus who has is the ONLY Almighty God and Sovereign Lord of all things to whom we answer and no one else!!!
Today I received news that Chic-fil-A’s owner Cathy, rejected the word of God and His teachings about BLM, and the violence and riots and hate going on by those radical groups. The man is a fake person who seeks attention and plays a role which NO Christian would ever do and is actually commanded not to do. Loving one another doesn’t consist of displaying pious self righteousness to the public like he did shining the shoes of a person. That is so egotistical self love of one I have ever seen displayed other that the Pharisial Romanism of today. To voice support for violence and terrorism is absolutely ungodly and Anti Christ talk! Pray for this dark deep demonic influenced soul. I cannot in good conscience do business with this facility anymore!
Another bad news story today! Fox News has set up a lengthy program for Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam who is one of the biggest bigots, racist, and Jew haters that lives today. His desires to slay all of the Jews and engage in many violent acts, is unacceptable behavior by anyone who values any moral issue. Louis is a very disturbed and demon possessed man! He does not represent America, Christianity, and also he doesn’t represent the Black Community of people in the USA!! Now Fox supports the evil of this man by giving him a voice and microphone to spread his hate and racism and bigotry and anti semitism.
JUNE 27, 2020:
Texas, and of course, New Braunfels, Texas, is now back under more strict Covid-19 Virus (China Virus) restrictions. This is due to the upcoming Holiday and also the spikes taking place now especially among the younger generation. As usual, however, the mandatory rule of using the Mask has some allowances for those who cannot wear one, but over all the objective is to try and get more people using the mask to help prevent “some” cases from taking place especially among the more vulnerable. In my opinion after reading about this for all of the days this has been spoken about, I think the basic two elements which MUST be observed BY ALL (Mask or no mask), is Social Distancing (6 feet minimum), not touching each other, and also, washing and sanitizing your hands a lot every day. Keeping the fingers off the facial area until such washing takes place. Doing this is the most important!!!
Hiding behind his mask, Joe Biden, won’t debate, won’t go public, and keeps making serious errors in his speeches. I mean just normal every day words so far removed from reality one wonders why this embarrassing thing is being allowed to take place. Isn’t his family and the leaders of the sociopath democrat’s having any sort of conscience and love for their own??? I mean this is really sad stuff. The man is sick and I mean really ill mentally. Now every one of us can see and hear it. But since when does the party care if they they can use the “empty suit” guy to get into office and then he resign and another moves in just so they get power, control, and tyrannical leadership going for their objectives. God deliver us from all of us comic book stuff!
Really all of this sounds like Gotham city and the Joker comics!!
June 25, 2020:
This week has been a turbulent week both in the nation (USA), and within the Christian Church. Examination of our motives and actions is a good thing for the body of Christ to do and the current mayhem and terrorism in the streets has been used of God to draw us to such a moment of inspection and thought within our own soul and spirit about many matters relating to the walk of faith we are in!
I personally, along with many others I am sure, are praying for a great awakening in our land, a movement of God to come and show Himself great among the people of this nation, but turning hearts to Him and saving many and reviving His own people so they will increase in their faith and service for Him!
I have been praying God will expose the enemies of our God, and His body of Christ, and expose the enemies of the United States of America also who may be citizens as well as foreigners creating much chaos and hate here in our land. We see very clearly without any speculation and doubt, that the Mass Media outlets (Press and all cable and television networks) are solidly on the side of Evil and Satan.
Along with them various groups such as BLM (The actual leaders and their group in contrast to the black community) and the Antifa movement and the Democratic party leadership are all in the pocket of Satan and being used of him to destroy, hate, produce all manner of sinful fruit being expressed openly now to all in this nation. And alongside of all of that the China Covid-19 Virus is still being sent by God to take out many people and make many ill!
I read the Book of Revelation this morning and see that this is not to be a surprise. For in that revelation of the end times, we see God coming down with HIS Armies upon the Earth and doing great and powerful signs such as fire, plagues, destruction and even slaying of human beings who are followers of Satan.
They STILL do not repent and trust in Christ and our God, but still get angry and full of hate and raise up their fists in defiance toward the Almighty God of all creation. So, it is not surprising that what we are seeing today is happening here in the USA!
As the parties or groups I mentioned who are involved in the warfare against the USA Government, and against all Law and Order, God exposes their wickedness openly to the world, but the Media outlets keep silent as it comes out and will not report this at all. They keep focused on slander, hate, lying about the President and staying centered upon everything they can think of making it wrong! They Turn everything Upside down and think it is real cute and wonderful and even seem to think it is right! They take a word and make it mean something it never means or could ever mean.
That is, they are inventing a new vocabulary so when I say for instance, it is a red bottle, they would say it is a golden plate! That is how bad it is!! So racism now is anything that is against their left wing ideologies. If you are not on their side of the violence and evil then you are a racist!!! How sad they live in darkness and can’t see the LIGHT!! The LIGHT is Jesus Christ and our God and they do not walk with Him at all. But rather, walk with their father who is Satan!
June 21, 2020:
Last night, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Trump began his official rallies relating to his run for another term in office. It was a great meeting, a great speech (except for a few expletives which was unnecessary), and reflective of how great a leader this man rally is in spite of all of the hate, trash, and downgrading of all he is and does. It is interesting that the Democratic Socialist terrorist party of today (Yes, they support terrorist domestic and foreign), and that is so easy to see and know that one would have to be supernaturally blinded by God or Satan to not see it, treats the President JUST LIKE THEY ARE ACCUSING ALL OF US DOING TOWARD OTHER RACIAL GROUPS!! Isn’t that reflective of a confused mind and purpose and plan?
I mean, if those same actions by the Media and the Democrats, all of their lies, words of hate, etc., were directed by Trump toward say the black people he would be impeached and removed from office. And rightly so! But they can do that to him and feel smug and great and think they are not racists and doing a great job!! How confused is that? HATE, and LIES are SINS of the same order as Racism. In fact, there is NO systemic racism existing in the USA, because there are so many laws protecting the races in America you can’t keep up with them. So there is NO official systemic racism existing in the USA that is a false narrative. NOTICE I say a systemic system of racism, because there are individuals who are racists but compare to those who are not it would be a very low percentage.
The rally was great. It looks like he will defeat Joe Biden so much in numbers and in States support that it will be the greatest loss every in the history of this nation.
June 19, 2020:
This is Friday the 19th of June. All quiet in my territory. However, news is that our little town has a huge spike in Covid-19 Virus cases. San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas apparently are having the hospitals filled up again with this Virus type cases. Why? Supposedly a combination of two things; Memorial Day and Vacation time folks coming to our poplar little Texas town as they normally do each year. They brought with them the Virus and did not practice Social Distancing. Also, a lot of our own citizens do not practice such either. Of course, some wear masks, but a lot do not! NOW< due to this we are having high levels of cases showing up! Oh, when will folks just learn to keep certain practical and easy rules of hygiene! Yes, it is a nuisance, and yet it keeps one safer by far and helps stamp out the virus in our area!
FACEBOOK AND PRESIDENT TRUMP
Today, I read about how Facebook blocked our Presidents ad which is a promotion for his upcoming campaign for President in November. But the reason was Facebook sides with the ANTIFA movement of violence, hate and rioting and mayhem, since they consider President Trump should not expose the movements Symbol they use, and the symbol they use was a Old Nazi type Symbol or close to it.
They said the symbol reflected hate and policies they do not approve of, YET, Antifa is the one conducting such stuff in our streets today and are listed now as a Domestic Terror Group. Trump was speaking about how we all need to stand up against this terrorist organization. But FaceBook will have none of that!! I only hope and pray that the Attorney General will close down this operation call Facebook and put them out of business so that a responsible social network that values free speech and our rule of law and our Constitution would be available . Pray it be so!
Today our nation continues to be in much turmoil, both politically, and spiritually. Confusion, anxiety, fear, chaos, mayhem, murder, hate, slander, lack of faith in God and Christ, racial hatred by all groups exist, treason, traitors, liars, promoting of all types of sin and evil by people from the top echelons of our Government down to the homeless in the streets exist! Yet, within all of this GOD is here, He sees, He is involved, He has not forsaken His people, He is in charge of the minutest details of all that takes place, either in judgment upon the wicked, either in teaching and training His people in their spiritual walk and journey of life with Him! Until HE is through with these works at present which are on a larger scale of operation visually,specifically Covid-19 and the Rebellion in the streets it will continue. Hopefully, His people will cry out to Him for mercy and grace extended toward the nation of peoples who basically know not what they are doing! Clouded in the darkness of evil and sin, their minds and abilities to reason have left them mad!! May God have mercy!
In the midst of this storm, I have noticed there are pockets of change taking place for good. I have noticed even the minds and thoughts of those who are involved or were involved in the works of darkness within the political parties and various agencies are learning that their former way was wrong and they are changing their minds about various things, such as defunding of the Police and hating the Police! Why? They have had their own homes destroyed or their very life put in danger by thugs on the street and from the BLM and Antifa type people!! Nothing like getting hit with the ones you supported to change your mind right? So pray for them all!
JUNE 16, – 2020:
Tucker Carlson on Fox News, is a very patriotic, Conservative host and one who challenges false or misguided issues we face today in our nation. However, the Left wing radicals (BLM, Antifa, Democrats, Network industry, the Press, etc., are seeking to deny his challenges and want to shut him up totally. It seems the left wingers and terrorist types want to have their freedom of speech and expression but NO ONE else can speak! God gave us this natural right! Their position is not tenable and should be outlawed because it violates basic human rights. If we lose ours, then they must lose theirs!! You can’t have it any other way without being a tyrant and absolute dictator over human beings!
Today, turn to this address and listen to “Candace Owens” one of the most remarkable women of the hour holding up truth and facts. Search for her internet sites in Google. You will be delighted to hear her stand up for truth!
JUNE 15 – 2020:
Thomas Sowell, a black intellectual writer on current events and history, said this: “Racism is not dead. But it is on Life support — Kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racist.” I say Amen to Thomas! Thank you sir!
Today the fake and false news media outlets sent out that Joe Biden was polling ahead of Trump and receiving millions of dollars from all sources. Yet, President Trump had some 800,000 tickets secured for one of his next mid western state meetings and Joe Biden sits in his basement trying to figure out how to speak an intelligent word about anything. Remember the POLLS in 2016 were ALL wrong. They still are and they are stacked for the most party by the Democrats who use them and and make them up!
THE PLAGUE – COVID-19
Various States in the Republic of the United States of America are experiencing a spike in the new Covid-19 Virus plague going on around the world. States like Florida, Texas and others are experiencing this today.
THE TERROR IN THE STREETS!
Many States are experiencing uprisings and riots, terror, and even murder over the last two or three weeks due to Incitement promoted by radical groups and the Media outlets along with one major political party (Democratic)! A false narrative is being pushed and many buy into it without checking out all of the facts and statistics and history of our last fifty years. Racial tensions are high simply because of the false narrative. It is good to see certain individuals springing up and speaking out against the false narrative, individuals who are from the black communities around the States.
Everyone works for God, but not all work for the glory and honor of God!
Our third principle found in scripture is when working out HIS (GOD’s) own plans, God uses Everyone, even the devil himself. That may be shocking to you if you have never heard this or thought about it. But even the Devil serves God’s purposes!! Of course, the devil has never done one thing out of love or obedience to God willingly. He works to undermine God and God’s people all the time. He has never done one thing to bring Glory to God! He hates God, He hates God’s creation and human beings and he seeks to frustrate the purposes of God. But in the end, all he does will further the purposes of God!
Notice: ISAIAH 10: 7-11
“But this is not what he (the Assyrian) intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. Are not my commanders all kings! he says. ……As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria; shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols.”
We see here the Assyrian kingdom did not have God in mind at all. All they thought about was gaining power and control and destroying other nations. But behind the scenes, God is the ONE directing the entire situation.
The sovereign and Almighty God directs the Assyrians MIND in order to accomplish HIS own purpose of judgment upon Israel. So much for the false idea that God never forces himself on anyone!! you have to be kidding!! All throughout scripture God is always interfering with people’s minds and acts!
He is the ONE who does the very FIRST work in our heart to bring us to Christ!! WE don’t! He is the FIRST CAUSE OF ALL THINGS EXCEPT HE DID NOT PRODUCE SIN, SATAN DID THAT AND IT WAS FOR GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE AND PLAN TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO HIS NAME!
MAN’S WRATH GLORIFIES GOD!
PSALMS 76:10 – ‘…SURELY THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE YOU(GOD)!”……”AND YOU RESTRAINETH THE RESIDUE THEREOF.”
GOD IS SAYING MAN IS FILLED WITH WRATH AGAINST GOD AND HIS AUTHORITY AND GOD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WRATH OR ACTIONS EXPRESSED IN THEIR WRATH. The point about the “residue thereof, is that God does not see fit to use all of man’s wrath all of the time for His purposes, but HE chooses when to do so in every situation He so desires.” Having said that, all the Devil will do will ultimately show forth God’s glory and sovereignty and power. Nothing the Devil does will ever be acceptable or of value in the strictist since it was sin and rebellion motivated.
“Man’s ‘free will’ is 100 percent responsible for both every ounce of wrath and sin in man’s heart and for every act produced by that wrath and sin. Nevertheless, God totally controls and directs the man’s heart. All of man’s wrath that will further God’s purposes is allowed to surface and is used and controlled by God towards His own ends.” (Quote from John Reisinger)
Remember: Joseph’s brothers did their deeds out of hatred, but God meant it for Good. God had ordained it to happen for Good ultimately. The Assyrian and the Chaldean nations were motivated by lust for power and control and property, but God in in charge of their every work and endeavor to bring about God’s purpose!
Also, the Cross of Christ and His suffering was carried out by evil and wicked men, but the fact is God wanted Christ on the Cross as HIS Lamb to pay the penalty for our Sins and atone for them, and set us from so we could have eternal everlasting Life and be in the Body of Christ as His bride and a member of the Forever family of God.
FURTHER STUDY ON PROVIDENCE:
Some further study on this subject one could consider are things such as:
God punishes the very people He uses to accomplish His purposes! Or, how God uses men like David and his pride and Satan’s hatred to accomplish God’s own purposes. Satan’s hand as the agent who brings the evil, but we must also see God’s hand as the Sovereign MOVER and CONTROLLER. God can and will use Satan often to bring things upon mankind, but it is God who sent them! In closing one should also study how that All affliction is not chastisement from God due to a person personally sinning! Job is a case in point.
So lots of things need to be studied rather than just thinking evil and trouble is ONLY from Satan alone, it isn’t! However, there would be no evil and trouble if Satan had not sinned and left his first estate of being and dragging with him 1/3 of the Angels in heaven. But, having said that, God was not taken by surprise, and HE purposed that it be as it was, yet God was without sin, and did not sin, and will never sin, but always Uses Sin for His purposes and turns things around for His glory and honor! He is in control of all things or they would NEVER happen and have any power to function for Christ controls our very abilities to live and breath and function but not only us, but also all of His creation, Satan included and the fallen angels. Big study but one worth while!