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Post  Admin on Sun 13 Jul 2014, 9:20 pm

*TRIUMPH IN TRIAL*
* By M. Stanford*

"Always guarded by the power of God through faith. . .. In such a hope 
keep on rejoicing, although for a little while you must be 
sorrow-stricken with various trials" (1 Peter 1:5,6, Wms.).

There are testimonies, and there are testimonies. Some can testify as to 
how God cleared up adverse circumstances for the victory; but others can 
testify to the triumph God gave in the midst of difficult circumstances. 
The essential consideration is that our Father be glorified in all His 
dealings with and for us. How He brings it all about should be secondary 
to us.

"If there is a great trial in your life today, do not own it as a 
defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim the victory through Him who is 
able to make you more than conqueror, and a glorious triumph will soon 
be apparent. Let us learn that in all the hard places our Father brings 
us into, He is making opportunities for us to exercise such faith in Him 
as will bring about blessed results and greatly glorify His Name."

"God has put you in exactly the right crucible to burn up what He sees 
needs to be burnt up. Many think 'victory' means getting your 
circumstances put right. No! true triumph is within -when in the midst 
of your circumstances the Spirit of God can so energize you and 
strengthen you in spirit, that you can stand quiet in the thick of it 
all, and say, 'God is God,' and know that you are held by Him - which is 
infinitely better than all your trying to hold things steady."

"Therefore, my brethren. . . stand fast in the Lord" (Phil. 4:1).

*"KNOWN UNTO GOD ARE ALL HIS WAYS" *
*He knows from the beginning! *
*He moves forward to a purposed point and a glorious goal.*
* Man often fails to finish what he begins,*
* but God never begins what He does not finish. *

*GraceNTheTruth@COX.NET*


Keeping On An Even Keel
by Pastor C. R. Stam

Occasionally we receive letters on the importance of preaching 
a"well-rounded" message. One old friend wrote us recently to the effect 
that, unlike this writer, he sought to keep on "an even keel" in his 
ministry, not just preaching the mystery revealed to Paul, but the whole 
Bible, and opposing fluoridations, communism, modernism and all that he 
felt was opposed to the truth.

Now we too seek to proclaim a "well-rounded" message and to keep on "an 
even keel" but what does this involve? Is one who consistently proclaims 
the mystery lopsided or unbalanced in the message? Were the twelve 
apostles off balance when they proclaimed "the gospel of the kingdom"? 
Of course not, for this is what they were sent to proclaim(Luke 9:1-6).

And neither are we off balance or lopsided in our ministry when we 
consistently proclaim what Paul called "my gospel, and the preaching of 
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery" (Rom. 
16:25),for this is our gospel too.

This does not mean that we are to preach only from the Pauline 
epistles.Far from it. But it does mean that we should make sure that our 
hearers are well-grounded in the Pauline epistles and that when we 
preach from other parts of the Bible we should relate it to the mystery, 
God's message for today.

When the twelve apostles preached from the Old Testament Scriptures,they 
preached Christ according to the revelation of prophecy. But Paul's 
"gospel" was "the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation 
of the mystery" Hence when we preach from the Old Testament Scriptures, 
we should preach Christ "according to the revelation of the mystery", 
applying, relating, comparing, and contrasting God's programs for other 
dispensations with His program for the dispensation of grace.This is 
exactly what Paul himself does in Romans and Galatians, and this is 
"keeping on an even keel."

A failure to "preach the Word"and to preach it rightly divided is not 
keeping on an even keel or bringing a well-rounded message; it is simply 
getting away from the message God has commissioned us to proclaim.

Since the faithful proclamation of this glorious message rouses Satan's 
enmity more than anything else, we must pray for God-given boldness in 
making it known, like the Apostle Paul, who said:

"[Pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my 
mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an 
ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to 
speak." (Eph. 6:19,20).

Religion is detrimental to your well-being! Religion is false! Religion 
is the reason why many unbelievers refuse God and Christ! Religion is 
dead! Religion is Satan’s buddy! Religion is destroying the faith of 
many! Religion was NAILED TO THE CROSS, AND THE ENMITY THEREOF! We who 
have trusted Christ are a New Creation which God did,and He placed us 
into the Body of Christ.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of each and every member of the 
Body of Christ to be a good soldier, and TO PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF 
GOD, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE 
ALL, TO STAND! (Eph. 6:13

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

*

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*WHOSE RIGHTEOUSNESS? *
*By Pastor Bob Hanna*

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:9

The apostle Paul defined Israel's self-imposed barrier to securing 
salvation: "They being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about 
to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto 
the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:3). And Paul declares, regarding 
his own spiritual condition, as "not having mine own righteousness, 
which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the 
righteousness which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9). "I know that 
in me, (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18).

The prophet Isaiah describes the condition of natural man: "We are all 
as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" 
(Isaiah 64:6). And David stated, "In thy [God's] sight shall no man 
living be justified" (Psalms 143:2). It is clear that man, by his own 
efforts, cannot attain to righteousness. This state of affairs has been 
pondered since time immemorial. Job asked, "How should man be just with 
God?" (Job 9:2.) The answer can come only from God Himself. He sent His 
Son and " ... made Him to be sin for us, [Him] who knew no sin: THAT WE 
MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM" (2 Corinthians 5:21). We, 
being saved by grace, are "in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us 
... righteousness" (I Cor. 1:30).

That righteousness is attained by faith, and is the only way acceptable 
to God, has always been the one approach. "Even Abraham believed God, 
and it was accounted to him for righteousness" (Galatians 3:6).

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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Jul 2014, 11:58 am

*"THE LORD KNOWETH"*
*PART ONE OF TWO*
*by Charles Wages*
*
In a time when we are told that the "body of knowledge" is increasing 
with every giant step forward, we must be brought back to our senses and 
recognize that only God is omniscient. We must remember and acknowledge 
Romans 11:33-36,

"0 the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 
How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For 
who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor? Or 
who hath first given to him and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things; to whom be 
glory forever. Amen"

One of the ways man has tried to extend his natural knowledge is to 
delve into the human mind. Things psychological have taken on added 
interest and popularity. Something for all of us to keep in mind is that,
*
*The Lord Knoweth the Thoughts of Man*
*
Psalms 94: 11 reads, "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they 
are vanity." It is interesting and enlightening to see this Scripture 
given prominence by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 3 :20, where it 
reads, "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." 
It has just been stated previously that, "the wisdom of this world is 
foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own 
craftiness." We ask ourselves the penetrating question, What will we 
learn if we can read the mind and thoughts of mortal man? No doubt, a 
lot of foolish and vain information. People today speak of 
"brain-washing," "programming and deprogramming the mind," "blowing the 
mind" and "psychological readings" through dream or ink blot 
interpretation. Even if this became a "science," what would we learn? 
That man's thoughts are vain, that they are foolish, that they are 
deceitful, and that they are confused.

Yet, through it all, the gracious Lord, knowing our thoughts, can 
straighten and stretch our minds with the wonderful wisdom of the Word. 
If we would earnestly heed Philippians 4:5-9, we would have a first 
class spiritual lesson on how to think. In any event, we should guard 
our thinking habits carefully, knowing that the Lord knoweth our thoughts.

We should also be consciously aware of the truth that,

*The Lord Knoweth the Ways of Man*
*
It was Job of old who said inspiringly, "But he knoweth the way that I 
take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10). In 
fact, in 34:21, it is stated, "For his eyes are upon the ways of man, 
and he seeth all his goings." If one would attempt to trace and study 
all the references to this tremendous truth found in Job and Psalms, it 
would take a lifetime.

We should all be familiar with the statement in Proverbs 14:12, ''There 
is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death." An example of this is called in Jude 11, 
"the way of Cain." God looked upon the offering of Cain and rejected it. 
Why? Because it was the work or effort of sinful man to try to gain 
God's favor. This erroneous effort by Cain has become the basis for most 
of the religious dogma that has arisen through the centuries to the 
present. Man has tried in every age to work for his salvation, but God 
knowing man's thoughts and man's ways, has rejected them. We must ever 
keep in front of our minds and hearts. that our Lord Jesus said,

"I am the way, the truth, and the life; No man cometh unto the Father, 
but by me. " (John 14:6)

We know also that
*The Lord Knoweth Our Days*

We need to cast our eyes upon His Word, and what He says about 
situations which try to beat us down. We don't have to carry burdens, 
but only release them to the One Who can handle them all. What joy is 
there in the Christian life knowing that God can handle anything we 
hand over to Him.

* Prayer for America *
*
"Heavenly Father, thank you for my country, the United States of 
America, the only country in the world founded upon religious freedom 
and your Word. Thank you for our founding fathers, Lord, who looked to 
you for guidance to develop the kind of government that would be 
pleasing to you. We need your wisdom to safeguard our freedom. May the 
light of your word run swiftly throughout our country, and your love 
burn brightly in our land. Give us a rebirth of freedom, in the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots, BE SURE TO VOTE IT 
IS YOUR GOD GIVEN PRIVILEGE.*

*GraceNTheTruth@COX.NET 
*The Lord Knoweth Our Days*
*Part 2 of 2*
*By Charles Wages*
*The Lord Knoweth Our Days*
*
In Psalms 37:18, David was led to say,

"The Lord knoweth the days of the upright; and their inheritance 
shall be forever."

Yes, it must be true that the Lord knows how long we will live here on 
this present planet. But of more importance is how we live while here. 
In other words, the quality of our days is more important than the 
quantity of our days.

The days of our life are described in many vivid and interesting ways in 
Scripture. For instance in Psalms 90:9, it remorsefully remarks, "For 
all our days are passed away in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale 
that is told." And another that is even more representative of our 
lesson is found in Psalms 144:4, "Man is like to vanity; his days are as 
a shadow that passeth away."

Yet, though all this seeming gloom and despair, God, who knoweth our 
days, can take the days of our lives and make them meaningful and useful 
for His glory! Every day can be a day of gladness and glory if we let 
Him have his way in our day!

Then, to the believing sinner, there is no more comforting and 
heartwarming truth than that.
*
*The Lord Knoweth Them That are His*
*
In II Timothy 2: 19, we read,

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, 
the Lord knoweth them that are His, and let everyone that nameth the 
name of Christ depart from iniquity."

The Lord doesn't just "know" us as so many names in a book, or numbers 
in a computer. No, he knows us in a personal, loving way. No man will 
ever really know how God knows! However, we can appreciate a few of 
these ways. For instance, Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 12:29-30, 
"And seek ye not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be 
ye of a doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world 
seek after; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." 
0f course, He went on to say, "But rather seek ye first the kingdom of 
God; and all these things shall be added unto you." The gracious Lord 
knows that we need first spiritual things and then material things. Paul 
said, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in 
glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).

The Lord knows that our lives are full of trials and testings. Surely, 
we have all felt sometimes, as if there was no way out of difficulties 
that beset us. But, we can take courage in the truth that,
*
*The Lord Knoweth How to Deliver*
*
I Corinthians 10:13, reads,

"There hath no temptation (trial) taken you but such as is common to 
man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above 
that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to 
escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Deliverance is a continuous process with God. Paul in writing to 
Corinthian believers, shows the three-fold tense of God's deliverance. 
He wrote,

"Who delivered (past) us from so great a death, and doth deliver 
(present); in whom we trust that he will yet deliver (future) us."

Yes, the Lord knows everything about everything. He also knows 
everything about everyone! But how ignorant man is in all his natural 
knowledge. The following dialogue will humorously illustrate.

A preacher, while driving through the country stopped and said to a 
farmer by the road, "Are you a Christian?" The farmer said "No, I am a 
Jones, Christian lives down the road about a mile and to the left about 
a quarter mile." "No, you don't understand," said the preacher. "Are you 
lost?" "Nope," replied the farmer, "I've lived here going on 43 years, 
and know every nook and cranny hereabouts." The preacher scratching his 
head, said, "Are you ready for the judgment?" Jones answered, "No, when 
is it?" Disgusted, the preacher finally said, "For you, it may be 
Tuesday or Wednesday. "Good," said the farmer Jones, "I'll tell my wife, 
she will want to go both days !"

Ignorance is not always bliss, as some say, but is serious business in 
regards to one's destiny. Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal 
Saviour? He knows your heart, He knows your thoughts, He knows your ways.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Lean not unto thine own 
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy 
paths." (Prov. 3:5-6)

*There is peace in the time of trouble,*
* There is peace in the midst of a storm;*
* There is peace though the world be raging,*
* In the shelter of His arms *

*Prayer for America *
*
"Heavenly Father, thank you for my country, the United States of 
America, the only country in the world founded upon religious freedom 
and your Word. Thank you for our founding fathers, Lord, who looked to 
you for guidance to develop the kind of government that would be 
pleasing to you. We need your wisdom to safeguard our freedom. May the 
light of your word run swiftly throughout our country, and your love 
burn brightly in our land. Give us a rebirth of freedom, in the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."


*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots, BE SURE TO VOTE IT 
IS YOUR GOD GIVEN PRIVILEGE.*

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Applause
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

Scripture Reading:

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord 
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
– Colossians 3:17

There seems to be a growing trend in Christendom for congregations to 
physically applaud those who are ministering in the things of the 
Lord.Pastors are applauded when they wax eloquent or say something 
humorous.Also, after soloists lift the hearts of the saints into the 
heavenlies they are often met with a round of applause as they step down 
from the platform.Having pastored a number of local assemblies, I’ve 
risen from my chair, on more than one occasion to interrupt the hand 
clapping of the saints. While I am sure their applause was 
well-intentioned, it is nonetheless very irreverent and disrespectful to 
the Lord.

When the world gives a standing ovation after a performance of an actor 
or comedian they are expressing their appreciation for having been 
acceptably entertained. They are also praising the performer for his 
excellence in an art which has been cultivated through years of hard work.

When the servant of the Lord comes to the platform, to minister on our 
behalf, the purpose of his labor of love is not to entertain the 
congregation. It is to be viewed rather as a ministry, which is an 
integral part of our worship of the Holy One of Heaven. Anyone who 
serves the Lord,sincerely, would never want the applause of men, but 
would insist that all the honor and glory be given to God. May all our 
adoration go to the One Who is worthy to be worshipped, for He has given 
us his Word and the opportunity along with the gifts to minister on His 
behalf. Amen!

CHRYSOSTOM ON APPLAUSE
345-407 A.D.

“… some clapped their hands in applause,according to the custom of the 
times. Then Chrysostom raised his voice: ‘How does your applause help 
me?’ It will be the right approval if you practice in life what I say to 
you. The church is no theater, where men listen for their own pleasure.” 
(From the Life of Chrysostom, by Frederic Perthes, P. 18).

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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Post  Admin on Tue 08 Jul 2014, 6:22 pm

*OUR BLESSED HOPE*

*PART 2 OF 2
*
*By Gregg Bing

*

*Our Hope Fulfills
A PURPOSE*

*/who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His 
glorious body / *

*Before we can be with the Lord, we must be like the Lord. We cannot 
enter into His holy presence in these lowly bodies, or more literally, 
these bodies of humiliation. Our bodies, which we have through natural 
birth, are received from Adam, thus we receive the same nature that he 
had a sin nature. If we are to be with the Lord, these bodies must be 
transformed; they must be thoroughly changed. This is the change that 
Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 15, commonly referred to as the 
resurrection chapter. *

*/Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must
put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So
when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has
put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is
written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your
sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin,
and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:51-57)/*

*Note the use of the word must in verse 53. The Greek word used here is 
dei, a verb which speaks of that which is a necessity. In order for our 
blessed hope to be fully realized, it is necessary that our old bodies 
be changed. Our current bodies, which are sown in corruption, mortality, 
dishonor, and weakness, will be raised in incorruption, immortality, 
glory, and power (1 Cor. 15:42-45). They will be conformed to His 
(Christs) glorious body, or more literally, to the body of His glory. So 
that when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with 
Him in glory. For, as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), 
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man (the Lord Jesus Christ) 
(1 Cor. 15:49). *

*As we consider the nature of our present bodies, we realize that we 
would not want to live forever in these bodies. This is why Paul refers 
to them as tents or temporary dwelling places (2 Cor. 5:1). God has 
prepared new bodies for us, not a temporary dwelling place, but a 
building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens 
(2 Cor. 5:1,5). What a glorious purpose God has for us, to be conformed 
to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). *

*Our Hope Rests in
A POWER*

*/according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things 
to Himself / *

*Gods purpose for us, to be conformed to the image of His Son, does not 
depend upon us, anymore than our salvation depended on us. Our hope 
rests upon our Lord Jesus Christ, who is able, even to subdue all things 
to Himself. When Christ was raised from the dead He was also seated at 
His Fathers right hand in the heavenly places, far above all 
principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is 
named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Eph. 
1:20-21). God put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head 
over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him 
who fills all in all (Eph. 1:22-23). *

*When Christ returns to this earth, as described in Matthew 24, He will 
subdue all things to Himself: all enemies, all kingdoms, all nations, 
and all people. He will rule and reign over the whole earth with a rod 
of iron. What is even more important is that He has power to subdue all 
things to Himself in the spiritual realm as well. On the cross, He 
subdued sin, by taking it all upon Himself and paying its full penalty 
(1 Pet. 2:24). He subdued Satan, the one who had the power of death, 
rendering Him powerless (Heb. 2:14). By His resurrection, He subdued 
death, securing victory and eternal life (1 Cor. 15:54-57). This One who 
is able, who has the power to subdue all things to Himself, is the One 
whose working will transform our bodies of humiliation and conform them 
to the body of His glory. When this, our blessed hope, is realized, the 
last enemy, death, will be destroyed (literally: rendered powerless) (1 
Cor. 15:26). *

*While Christs return to this earth is a wonderful event and the very 
real hope of the nation of Israel, it is not our blessed hope. It is not 
what we, as members of the Church, the body of Christ, are to look 
forward to, with eager expectation. It is not what is promised to us. We 
miss such a blessing when we try to take Israels hope for our own and 
ignore the wonderful hope that we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is 
so important that we walk worthy of the calling which we have in Christ 
Jesus (Eph. 4:1), and understanding our unique hope is a key element in 
our walk for the Lord (Eph. 4:3-6). *

*/"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all
men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might
redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own
special people, zealous for good works." (Titus 2:11-14)/*
*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK
There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can 
shake us loose from the grip of God's grace if our hearts remain pointed 
at Jesus as our Lord and our hope remains focused on the Lord's return. 
If Jesus is our Lord and Life, then all of life's greatest blessings lie 
ahead of us and he will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, 
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able 
to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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OUR BLESSED HOPE*

*PART 1 OF 2
*
*By Gregg Bing

*
*Early this year, while driving down the highway, I noticed a billboard 
with this message: Jesus is coming (Matthew 24). The statement is 
certainly true; the Lord Jesus Christ will one day come back to this 
earth to establish His kingdom, and He will rule and reign for a 
thousand years. However, the message conveyed by this billboard seems to 
indicate a misunderstanding of what we, as believers today, should be 
looking forward to. The hope, or expectation, of an earthly kingdom 
belongs to the people of Israel, just as God promised them in the Old 
Testament Scriptures (Exo. 19:5-6, 2 Sam. 7:8-16, Ezek. 37, etc.). When 
Christ returns, they will rule and reign with Him on the earth (Rev. 
1:5-7, 20:4-6). *

*During this present dispensation of grace, God is no longer dealing 
with Israel as a nation, but with the Church, the body of Christ. The 
hope of believers today cannot be found in the Old Testament Scriptures, 
or even in the teachings of Jesus, such as is found in Matthew 24. Our 
hope is found only in the writings of the Apostle Paul, Gods spokesman 
for this present age. In Titus 2:13, Paul refers to our hope as a 
blessed hope ... the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, 
Jesus Christ. This appearing does not refer to His coming back to the 
earth to establish His kingdom, but to His appearing in the air, to 
catch His church up into glory (1 Thess. 4:17-18). Paul makes mention of 
this blessed hope in writing to the saints at Philippi as he describes 
what believers should be eagerly waiting for. *

*/For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait
for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly
body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the
working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
(Phil. 3:20-21)/*

*In these verses we find four important aspects of our blessed hope, a 
hope that is distinct from that of Gods earthly people, Israel. *

*Our Hope is Laid Up in
A PLACE*

*/For our citizenship is in heaven / *

*To begin with, the place of our hope is heaven. We are not looking 
forward to Christs return to earth to establish His kingdom and rule and 
reign. This is Israels hope; a hope that will one day be realized just 
as Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 24. The Apostle Paul plainly 
declares our citizenship is in heaven. God the Father has blessed us 
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 
1:3). We have been identified with Christ in His death, His burial, His 
resurrection, and even more, in His ascension, for God has raised us up 
together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ 
Jesus (Eph. 2:6). Our hope is not an earthly hope or an earthly kingdom, 
as so many Christians seem to be focusing on today, but a hope which is 
laid up for you in heaven (Col. 1:5). We are not to be waiting for Jesus 
return to the earth, but for His return in the air to catch us up to be 
with Him in heaven, our eternal home. *

*Our Hope Looks to
A PERSON*

*/... from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus 
Christ./ *

*Sometimes we tend to focus too much on the place of our hope, and 
forget that our hope is actually a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. The 
word hope means our expectation, that which we confidently wait for. We 
are to eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our 
confidence is in Him because of who He is, our great God and Savior 
(Tit. 2:13), and because of what He has done for us, who gave Himself 
for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for 
Himself His own special people, zealous for good works (Tit. 2:14). *

*Currently the Lord Jesus Christ is seated in the heavenlies (Col. 
3:1-2). As far as His relationship to Israel is concerned, He is waiting 
for His kingdom, the time when all things will be subjected to Him (Heb. 
2:5-9) and all His enemies will be made His footstool (Heb. 10:12-13). 
This wait, this delay, is the result of Israels rejection of Him (John 
1:11). When Christ came and was presented to Israel as their King, they 
crucified Him, declaring, we will not have this Man to reign over us 
(Luke 9:14). Following His ascension, they also rejected the ministry of 
the Holy Spirit during the Acts period, in a sense crucifying the Son of 
God all over again (Heb. 6:6). As a result of all this, the nation of 
Israel was temporarily blinded, and their kingdom hope and promises were 
postponed. *

*Today, God is calling out a new body of believers, the Church, the body 
of Christ, in which there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile 
(Col. 3:11). As Paul writes of this body, He emphasizes that we have a 
new relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is not particularly our 
King, though He is King of kings and Lord of lords; He is our Head, the 
Head over all things to the church, which is His body (Eph. 1:22-23). 
What a wonderful relationship we have with Him; a vital relationship, 
for we, as His body, are dependent on Him for our every need (Eph. 
4:15-16). The blessed hope of the Church of this age is that when Christ 
who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory 
(Col. 3:3-4), and thus we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17). *

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*~THE EFFICACY OF GRACE~*
*By R. Hanna, Pastor*

EPHESIANS 2:8-9
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast"

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men" 
(Titus 2:11 ). "We see Jesus, Who was made (for a little time) lower 
than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and 
honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every 
man"(Hebrews 2:9). "(Christ), being in the form of God, thought it not 
robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation, and took 
upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And 
being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient 
unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians2:6-8).

The Lord God Almighty Himself suffered the ignominious experience of 
crucifixion; for Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God-- "Who hath 
saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, 
but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ 
Jesus before the world began" (2 Tim 1:9).

Efficacious grace! The Person in who we are quickened and sustained, is 
very God! Note our final expectation: "(We are) looking for that blessed 
hope, and the glorious appearing of THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS 
CHRIST; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all 
iniquity (Titus 2:13-14). We look to no one else, neither to ritual or 
ceremony for our salvation--nor to any future redemptive work. "For BY 
GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of your-selves: it is the 
gift of God!"

*THOUGHT TO PONDER ON *
*
In waiting upon God, the first thought is of the God upon whom we wait. 
We enter His presence and feel we need just to be quiet, so that He, as 
God, can over shadow us with Himself. Just be still before Him, and 
allow His Holy Spirit to waken and stir up in your soul the child like 
disposition of absolute dependence and confident expectation. Wait upon 
God as a Living Being, as the Living God, who notices you and is 
longing to fill you with His salvation. Wait on God till you know you 
have met Him; prayer will then become so different.-- Andrew Murray

*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.
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*~CHRIST - ITS LIVING HEAD~*
*By DAVlD HAVARD, Pastor*
*

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1: 19-23;
Colossians 1: 18

Paul often used the analogy of the physical body to illustrate the truth 
of our relationship to Christ spiritually (Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 
12:12-27; Ephesians 5:29-30). Just as the physical body must be linked 
to its head, so we must be linked to our Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. We 
realize how silly it
would be to expect a physical body to function without its head, yet we 
often forget that the same truth applies spiritually as well. In 
Colossians 2:19 Paul warns of the results of becoming disconnected from 
our Head. In similar terms, John 15:5 records Jesus' words about the 
necessity of being linked to Him. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: 
He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: 
for without me ye can do nothing." It is still true that without Him, we 
can do nothing! (No growth without being connected to Him, Ephesians 4:16.)

The titles King (over all the earth during the millennial kingdom) and 
Head of all things, Colossians 1:18) are similar in that both speak of 
His authority and position. However, there is an added dimension when 
Christ is spoken of as the Head of His Body, the Church. A king conveys 
a certain formality; the king and his subjects are separated by both 
space and standing. But Jesus Christ as my Head is another matter 
altogether! Rather than speaking of distance and formality, headship 
speaks of intimacy and nearness! I am inseparably linked to my Living 
Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is mystery truth, revealed to us by 
God through the Apostle Paul. Because it is a mystery, I do not fully 
understand or comprehend all that the Headship of Christ implies - but I 
certainly
do rejoice in it!


Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encour-agement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who maybe defending 
the USA. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled world. It is our 
heart at GRACE AND THE TRUTH and mission to reach as many people as we 
possibly can TO SHARE with them the Word of God and all that the Lord 
Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.
*Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the
fellowship of the mystery, *
*which from the beginning of the world *
*hath been hid in God,*
*who created all things by Jesus Christ*
*

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*JOY IN BELIEVING *
*By JOHN FREDERICKSEN, Pastor *
*
Scripture Reading: Romans I5:13

Believers in the age of grace have perhaps more reason to rejoice in 
their salvation than believers of any previous time.

Very early in man's history, God revealed His plan to bring spiritual 
blessing to the entire world through Abraham. God promised him, "In thee 
shall all the families of the earth be blessed," (Genesis 12:3). 
Progressive revelation unfolded the details of Abraham's seed providing 
a specific Saviour as a sacrifice for sin. Then the remainder of the 
nation was to become a kingdom of priests ministering to the world. When 
Christ came the first time, it was "to confirm the promises made unto 
the fathers," (vs. 8). Had Israel responded in belief, the millennial 
kingdom would have been established and Gentiles would have at last 
enjoyed blessing. They would have glorified "God for His mercy," (vs. 
9), rejoiced" (vs. 10), and praised the Lord because they too would 
trust in Him (vs. 11-12).

The problem is, Israel refused to believe and God's plan to bless the 
Gentiles could have been frustrated. But "the God of hope" found a 
solution. Romans 11:11-15 explains that God is now blessing Gentiles NOT 
through Israel's rise to prominence, but through her fall from God's 
unique favor. Today salvation is offered to all apart from Israel's 
promises or instrumentality, and solely on the basis of grace. No wonder 
then that Paul exhorted his readers to be filled with joy and peace in 
believing. He even exhorted them to abound in the confident expectations 
of eternal blessings.
Ours is a salvation provided by the determined purpose of a merciful 
God. Let's truly rejoice in it today!

***Happy Independence Day Americans! 238 yrs ago today a group of 
God-fearing patriots took a bold step of faith as they ascribed their 
names to the U.S. Constitution & declared our freedom from Great 
Britain.Freedom did not come nor has it been maintained without a high 
cost,but we can stand & truly declare that this is the greatest nation 
on the face of the earth.

We ARE "ONE NATION UNDER GOD!"*
*
I have added Lee Greenwood's beautiful song from yester-years, God bless 
the USA. Enjoy!

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
To be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

>From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
>From sea to shining sea.
>From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.,
Well There's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say:

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

The above was sent to me by rev Joe, and was so good now passing on to 
you, Pray for our country we are so close to loosing our BLESSED FREEDOM.

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The Spirit Of Faith
by Pastor C. R. Stam

It is thrilling to hear the Psalmist, though"greatly afflicted", 
say: "I believed, therefore have I spoken"(Psa.116:10).

It is thrilling too, to see the Apostle Paul, though"troubled... 
perplexed... persecuted... cast down...alway delivered unto death for 
Jesus' sake" --- it is thrilling to see him take his stand with David 
and to hear him speak of having "THE SAME SPIRIT OF FAITH", adding: "WE 
ALSO BELIEVE AND THEREFORE SPEAK" (IICor.4:8-13).

If only all who believe the glorious message of God's grace: that 
believers in Christ are accepted in Him, pronounced "complete"and 
baptized into one body by one divine baptism --- if all who believed 
these truths would speak out today, there would be a sweeping revival 
tomorrow in the Church, the Body of Christ. If, putting all other 
considerations aside, they would openly and honestly say: "WE ALSO 
BELIEVE AND THEREFORE SPEAK", the results would be as refreshing as far 
reaching. And they should speak, for this is"the spirit of faith".

But, alas, there are few who possess "the spirit of faith";few who will 
stand, regardless of consequences, for the light God has given them. 
Some maintain a discreet silence because of the "fear of man"; others 
because they love "the praise of man". Both say: "One must be careful 
what one says, for these truths are not popular", but both alike are 
guilty of unfaithfulness to God and the truth.

With God's help, let us not be among them. Let us, where the truth is 
concerned, stand with David and Paul and say: "WE ALSO BELIEVE AND 
THEREFORE SPEAK!" Let us be among those who truly possess "the spirit of 
faith", who are determined to"stand fast in the faith" and ready 
to"fight the good fight of faith" (ICor.16:13;ITim.6:12).

Through the faith given us we come to know peace as we
Have never known it before, for it is written; Therefore,
Since we have been justified through faith, we
Have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ. ( Romans 5:1 )

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*THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST*
*By Gregg Bing*

*The sense of smell, which is sometimes taken for granted, affects 
several different areas of our lives, sometimes positively, sometimes 
negatively. The difference is often indicated by the word that is used 
to describe the smell. For instance, the words odor, stench, and 
sometimes even the word smell itself, have a negative connotation. On 
the other hand, the words aroma, fragrance, and scent are almost always 
used in a positive way.

One thing affected by the sense of smell is our sense of taste. For 
instance, the smell of freshly baked bread can almost make ones mouth 
water for the taste, while a person who has a stuffy nose and cannot 
smell a thing, will often say that most foods seem to have no taste at all.

Another thing that smell can affect is mood or attitude. The perfume 
industry depends on this, for their aim is to design, market, and sell 
fragrances that can evoke feelings of romance or attraction.

Smells can even affect our actions. For example, some odors are so 
strong and so disgusting that they can make people sick to their stomach.

In 2 Corinthians 2, the apostle Paul is led of the Holy Spirit to use 
the concept of smell or fragrance to illustrate how the testimony of 
believers can affect the lives of others. *

Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door 
was opened to me by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I did 
not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for 
Macedonia. (2 Cor. 2:12-13)

*
Paul first makes reference to a time of stress in his life. He had come 
to Troas to preach the gospel and, though the Lord provided an 
opportunity for ministry, Paul found no rest in his spirit. He had hoped 
to see Titus there, but the young man, whom Paul described as a true son 
in our common faith, never arrived. Though Paul was disappointed and 
somewhat distressed about this situation, he emphasized that there is 
always triumph in our Lord Jesus Christ.
*
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and 
through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 
Cor. 2:14)

*
The illustration Paul uses here is that of a Roman triumphal procession; 
a parade to honor Roman generals who won great victories in battle. The 
victorious general, when he returned home, led a procession through the 
city streets, riding in his golden chariot. The procession was followed 
by the conquered captives, most of whom were destined to die in the 
arena. During the parade the Roman priests would burn incense. The aroma 
of the incense paid tribute to the victorious general and his army.

Paul thanks God for the triumph that we have in Christ; the victory that 
He won over sin, over death, and over Satan through His sacrificial 
death and His powerful resurrection from the grave (1 Cor. 15:57). 
Because of His finished work on the cross of Calvary, the Lord Jesus 
Christ always leads us in triumph at all times, even in times of 
distress or disappointment. Not only that, but we can thank God that 
through us He diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

It is truly amazing to realize that God chooses to work through us, mere 
sinners saved by His grace. Even though we live in earthen vessels (2 
Cor. 4:7), God can fill and use these vessels as instruments for His 
service (Rom. 6:13).

Paul speaks of God using us to diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in 
every place. The word diffuse literally means to make manifest or known. 
Like the aroma of the incense burned by the Roman priests bore testimony 
to and honored the triumph of the victorious general, so our lives are 
to bring glory and honor to our victorious Savior, the Lord Jesus 
Christ. The fragrance we are to diffuse is that of His knowledge, or, 
more literally, the knowledge of Him. This knowledge is found in Gods 
Word. This is why, as Gods children, we are told to: Preach the Word! (2 
Tim. 4:2).
*
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being 
saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Cor. 2:15)

*
Believers are, to God, the fragrance of Christ. The word fragrance means 
a good smell or a sweet smell. The idea is seen in Leviticus chapter 1, 
where we read of the burnt offerings the children of Israel were to 
bring to the Lord. As the sacrifice was burned on the altar, the smoke 
that rose up from the fire carried a sweet aroma to the Lord (Lev. 1:9). 
As the burnt offering was a sweet aroma to the Lord, so Christ's death 
on the cross for our sins was an offering and a sacrifice to God for a 
sweet-smelling aroma (Eph. 5:2). God was propitiated (satisfied) through 
Christ's finished work on the cross for our sins (Rom. 3:25-26). His 
holy and righteous requirements being satisfied, we can now be accepted 
in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6). When we trust Christ as Savior, God places us 
in Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). When God 
sees us, He sees us in His Son, and, we are, to Him, the fragrance of 
Christ a sweet smell of satisfaction.

God also sees us as the fragrance of Christ in our testimony to others, 
among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. Just 
as certain smells can affect people, the fragrance of Christ can affect 
people in an even more powerful way. We are to manifest the fragrance of 
His knowledge to other people. The fragrance we manifest is the same to 
everyone, the knowledge of Christ and His finished work of redemption, 
but the response is not always the same.
*
To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other 
the aroma of life leading to life. (2 Cor. 2:16a)

*
Some respond to the fragrance of Christ like the crowds who welcomed and 
cheered the Roman general as he led the victory procession. To them the 
aroma of the incense burned by the priests was a wonderful smell, a 
smell of great triumph, not just for the general, but for them as well. 
Likewise, to those who hear the Word of God and believe it, trusting in 
Christ as their Savior, the fragrance of Christ is truly a sweet smell. 
It is an aroma of life to them, and embracing it as such, it leads them 
to life eternal and to great triumph in Christ.

Others respond to the fragrance of Christ like the conquered captives, 
the slaves who were on their way to die in the arena. To them the smell 
of the burned incense was not a sweet smell at all, but an odor of 
impending death. Thus, to those who hear the Word of God, but reject 
Christ as Savior and Lord, the fragrance of Christ has no attraction for 
them. It is nothing more than a smell of death, and they remain in their 
sinful state, perishing.
*
*As believers, we must realize that we cannot control a persons response 
to the Word of God. As much as we want people to believe and be saved, 
we cannot force them. We can only diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge 
in every place we go. We can proclaim the truth of Christ and Him 
crucified. We can share with people the wonderful gospel of Gods saving 
grace. We can show people the joy and the great triumph we have in our 
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What a tremendous service and 
responsibility this is! This leads us to question, as Paul did:
*
And who is sufficient for these things? (2 Cor. 2:16b)

*
The answer to this question is given in 2 Corinthians 3:5: Not that we 
are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from 
ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. We must not make the mistake 
of thinking that we are sufficient, in ourselves, to do anything for the 
Lord. Our ability to serve the Lord comes from Him, and from Him alone.

F*or we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of 
sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (2 
Cor. 2:17)

*
Many in Paul's day (and in our day too) were peddling the Word of God, 
not preaching for the glory of God, but for their own dishonest gain (1 
Tim. 6:5). Men like this have no concern for the truth and accuracy of 
Gods Word and will often twist and corrupt the Word if they feel it will 
be more profitable for them.

Paul emphasizes that true ministry stands in stark contrast to these 
peddlers. We are to speak in sincerity, not for our own selfish gain, 
but for the glory of the Lord. We are to speak as from God, or literally 
out of God. We must remember that the message we have been entrusted 
with is the Word of God. It is not to be corrupted or handled 
deceitfully, but presented for what it is the Word of truth (2 Cor. 
4:2). It is also vital that we realize our dependence upon the power of 
God in our lives, yielding to His Holy Spirit to work in and through us. 
Finally, when we speak, we are to speak in the sight of God, being 
concerned with pleasing Him and not with pleasing men (Gal. 1:10).

What about you? Are you manifesting the fragrance of Christ among the 
people you come in contact with each day? Or, is your life diffusing a 
different kind of smell an indistinct smell, maybe even a foul odor? God 
desires to diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge through you, a 
fragrance that will certainly have an impact on the lives of those 
around you. What type of impact will your life have?

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Enemies Reconciled To God
by Pastor C. R. Stam

“When we were enemies”(Rom.5:10).

Think of it! God has good news for us even in our willfulness, our 
enmity against Him! “When we were enemies”, says Paul,“We were 
reconciled to God by the death of His Son”.

Here we can almost hear some reader object: “Of all things,don’t charge 
me with being an enemy of God. I’m a religious person, I go to church 
regularly, I even give to the church”. Ah, but God does not say that the 
unsaved are not religious. Perhaps 999 out of1,000 are religious. The 
point is that by your ungodly, sinful life, and certainly by rejecting 
God’s gift of salvation, you have made yourself an enemy of God. You may 
not be an enemy against the“God” you have conjured up in your won mind, 
but you are certainly an enemy against God, the God of the Bible.

But despite all this God still sends His ambassadors out to offer 
reconciliation to all His enemies everywhere — “by the death of His 
Son”. Think of it! We who believe are reconciled to God, not by some 
effort or payment offered by us to placate God, but “by the death of HIS 
Son”. He bore the enmity as His own creatures mocked Him, spat in His 
face and nailed Him to a tree. This is grace indeed! And this is not 
all, for the whole passage reads:

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of 
his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
by whom we have now received the atonement [Lit.,reconciliation]” 
(Rom.5: 10,11).

The argument of this passage is that if, as His enemies, we were 
reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more “being reconciled”, 
we may be assured that our living Savior will keep us safe. And not only 
are believers safe in Christ, but all the while we“joy in God through 
our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received”, not only help in 
our helplessness, or the forgiveness of our sins, but “the 
reconciliation”, by which we are brought nigh to God and experience His 
love toward us.

Dear Lord Jesus, You are the one who has truly set me free. I thank You 
that I am no longer spiritually dead, condemned, headed for hell, and 
limited to inadequate human resources. I praise You that I am alive in 
Christ, justified, headed for heaven, and enriched by all the resources 
of Your grace, Amen!

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9
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The Kaiser's Surprise
by Pastor Ricky Kurth

In his comments on Isaiah 57, Dr. Harry Ironside shares this story:

Years ago, before the First World War, Professor Stroeter, a well-known 
prophetic teacher in Germany, used to go through the country giving 
lectures, and using charts to unfold the dispensations. His lectures 
attracted the attention of the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm, who in 
spite of his many idiosyncrasies, was quite a Bible student, and used to 
preach in the palace chapel on many occasions.

The Kaiser invited Professor Stroeter to his palace to give him an idea 
of what he was lecturing upon. The professor was taken into the library 
and spread a roll of his charts out on the table. The Kaiser followed 
him as he pointed out various thing sin the dispensations until the 
Second Coming of the Lord. After a lengthy conversation the Kaiser said, 
"Do I understand you aright"? Do you mean to say that Jesus Christ is 
coming back literally, and that when He returns all the kingdoms of the 
world are going to be destroyed and He will set up His kingdom on the 
ruins of them all?

And Professor Stroeter said, "Exactly, your Majesty...."

"Oh, no," said the Kaiser, "I can?t have that! Why that would interfere 
with all my plans!"

We don't know if Professor Stroeter understood the dispensations well 
enough to have expressed to the Kaiser that the coming of our Lord to 
rapture His church must come before the wrath of the Tribulation and the 
Second Coming of Christ (I Thes. 1:10; 5:9). Regardless, what a frank 
admission from a man who professed to be a student and teacher of the 
Word of God!

How about you, dear reader? If you are not saved, you will be left 
behind when the Body of Christ is "caught up" to meet the Lord in the 
air? (I Thes. 4:17). While we believers will ever be with the Lord in 
heaven, the seven years of Great Tribulation that will follow on earth 
will surely interfere with all that you have planned. Why not trust the 
Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior by believing that His death, burial and 
resurrection paid for all of your sins. Then you too can look forward to 
being a part of all that the Lord has planned for His saints.

But we close by asking Christians if the Rapture will interfere with 
your plans, or be the triumph of His grace in your life? When John 
Wesley was asked what he would do the following day if he knew the Lord 
were coming, he replied that he would rise at his usual hour, spend time 
in his regularly scheduled morning devotions, and arrive promptly at his 
first speaking engagement of the day. In other words, he would not have 
to change a thing in his life to prepare for the coming of the Lord. May 
this be true of us too!

*

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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~FREEDOM FROM WORRY AND ANXIETY~
By Steve McVey

The world seems to be going crazy. Gasoline prices are higher than we 
have ever seen in our lifetime. Nuclear capability is being grasped by 
volatile leaders like North Korea's Kim Jong II and Venezuela's Hugo 
Chavez. Outlandish remarks about wiping Israel off the face of the earth 
have been made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. A war continues 
in Iraq. Experts tell us that a real estate bubble is about to pop. 
Economists are nervous. There's no doubt about it, if we judge by the 
things we can see, the world has become a scary place.

How are Christians to navigate through these trying times? While the 
answer doesn't always seem easy, it is simple. We trust our Father. The 
answer may seem trite, but it is true. We trust. That's it. What else 
can we do?

Our Father is the great I Am. Do we really need more than that? The One 
who loves you spoke all things into existence and it is by Him that all 
things consist. That's enough to give us peace.

The Sovereign LORD is your Father. The One who neither slumbers, nor 
sleeps. The One who has the very hairs of your head numbered. The One 
who rules the smallest details of the universe. The great I Am is the 
One who cares for you.

Worry is what happens when we imagine a future without God. lt is the 
ugly stepchild of faithlessness. It is the dull, nagging sense that God 
will abandon us in our time of need.

I think of the God of my own journey. He has never done anything but 
assure me of His love and good intentions. I have never known Him to be 
anything other than loving and gracious and compassionate and faithful. 
Any doubts I ever have don't come to me because of His track record, 
because His record is perfect.

There have been times when I haven't understood Him. I still don't. Life 
hasn't been a Disney World at every moment. But I've learned that I can 
trust Him, even when He makes no sense to me.

In the shaky world of today, let us choose to trust Him. To rest in Him 
and to yield everything to Him. The road we travel may seem bumpy at 
times, but He will see to it that we arrive safely home.

Don't become distracted by the scenery along the way in your journey. 
Trust Him. Look to Him and He will give you miraculous peace so that you 
can enjoy the journey. What He has said, He will do. It is already 
established in heaven. So, relax.

Worry and anxiety are exercises in futility. I Am is our Abba. Is there 
anything more we need to know?

THOUGHT TO THINK ON THIS WEEK

Today, many of us own Bibles,
but are we changed
by the truths found there?
We are called to study, read,
hear, and obey His Word.
It should cause us to take immediate
action to bring our lives
into harmony with God’s desires.
—Marvin Williams
2 Tim 2:15

* Prayer for America *
*
"Heavenly Father, thank you for my country, the United States of 
America, the only country in the world founded upon religious freedom 
and your Word. Thank you for our founding fathers, Lord, who looked to 
you for guidance to develop the kind of government that would be 
pleasing to you. We need your wisdom to safeguard our freedom. May the 
light of your word run swiftly throughout our country, and your love 
burn brightly in our land. Give us a rebirth of freedom, in the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."


*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.*

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*STANDING, WALKING AND RUNNING FOR GOD*
*by C. R. Stam *

In a way the Christian life is a stand; in another it is a walk, and in 
still another a race.

In I Cor. 15:1 the Apostle Paul writes of "the gospel... wherein ye 
stand" and in Rom. 5:2 of "this grace wherein we stand," while in Gal. 
5:1 he bids us: "Stand fast... in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made 
us free." Perhaps all this is well summed up in his appeal to his 
beloved Philippians:

"Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and 
crown... stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved" (Phil. 4:1).

But the Christian life is more than a stand -- it is a walk (which in 
Scripture refers to conduct). Once, says Paul, we walked "in trespasses 
and sins" (Eph. 2:1,2) but having been saved by grace, through faith in 
Christ, we are now to "walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4). Thus the 
Apostle bids us to "walk worthy of the Lord" (Col. 1:10), to "walk 
circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because 
the days are evil" (Eph. 5:15-16).

But the Christian life is even more than a walk; it is a race. Sad to 
say, many Christians whose "walk" is consistent and commendable, have 
never come to look upon the Christian life as a race. These never put 
enough into it so that it might be said of them that they are running. 
Yet the same great Apostle wrote, by divine inspiration:

"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset 
us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 
12:1).

The word "patience" in this passage points up the fact that the 
Christian life is not a short "hundred-yard dash"; it requires much 
endurance. Thus we should put into it all that we have. "They which run 
in a race," says the Apostle, "run all," but they do not all receive the 
prize. Hence the admonition: "So run that ye may obtain" (I Cor. 9:24).

Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior have not even begun to 
stand, or walk, much less to run a race for Him. These might as well 
forget rewards until they first accept "the gift of God... eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).

Rom 6:3-7 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus 
Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by 
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by 
the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of 
life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his 
death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection: 
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of 
sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he 
that is dead is freed from sin.

GREETINGS IN HIS WONDERFUL GRACE. How is your faith? A faith worth 
having is a faith worth sharing. May we take opportunities this week to 
share the faith
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Your Greatest Need
by Pastor Ricky Kurth

Even in these challenging financial times, the greatest need of a 
Christian is not monetary. It is rather found in Colossians 1:11, where 
Paul prays that we might be

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all…"

Unto all what? Whatever it is, Paul is convinced we are going to have to 
be "strengthened" with "all might" according to "His glorious power to 
obtain it. As we read on,Paul tells us the goal of all this empowerment:

"…unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness."

Patience? The reason we need all this mighty empowering is so we can be 
patient? While this may seem anticlimactic, we submit that patience is 
our greatest need. We need patience to put up with the world's 
wickedness, the abortions, etc.,patience in knowing the Second Coming of 
Christ will right the world's wrongs. We need patience as televangelists 
continue to dominate the airwaves with their dilutions and pollutions of 
the gospel,and patience as Bible teachers muddle the minds of the saints 
by their failure to rightly divide the Word. And since no man today has 
the gift of healing, we need patience with our physical infirmities, and 
longsuffering as we wait for that wonderful change that will come to our 
bodies at the Rapture (Phil. 3:20,21).

Finally, we need patience with one another, as we learn to not just put 
up with other believers, but to actually give them the same 
unconditional love and acceptance God extends to us. Moses was patient 
with unbelieving Pharaoh, but lost his patience with his brethren. How 
like us!But ask yourself, when did David show greater spiritual 
strength, when he slew Goliath, or when he refused to slay Saul?

Paul says we are to be strengthened to all patience "according to His 
glorious power," but what is God's glorious power? The destructive power 
He exhibited at the Red Sea is called "glorious" (Ex.15:6), but we 
suggest that God's glorious power today is seen in His patience. The 
fact that God could put an end to the abortions and religious confusion, 
but doesn't, is His most glorious power in the dispensation of grace.

The apostle concludes by praying that we might be patient "with 
joyfulness," perhaps the hardest part of long suffering. God doesn't 
chafe under the vexations He receives from the world, religion,and the 
Body of Christ, and neither should we!

If this kind of power were not available to us, Paul would not be 
praying that we might have it. And so may his prayer also be the prayer 
of our hearts, as we enthusiastically study the only source of spiritual 
strength, God's Word rightly divided.

"THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM."
This, then, must be our greatest need: A true knowledge of God.
If the Holy Spirit thus puts it before all other things,
it must be because it is more important than any other thing;
yea, than all others put together.
This, it is, that lies at the foundation of the Christian Faith;
at the threshold of Christian life.
It is the essence of all trust.

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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*THE GUARDIANS OF THE HEAVEN LIES *
*By Russ Schaefer*

Guardian - a person invested with accredited power and authority so as 
to fulfill the duty of taking care of the person and property of another.

Satan's guardianship is depicted in Eze. 28:13-16. Verse 14 identifies 
him as THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH, i.e., overshadowing and 
protecting the world then existing, The Garden of God. In contrast to 
Satan's Trusteeship role Col.1:16,17 sets forth the prior 
creatorship/ownership of Christ:

... in Him were created the all things in the heavens and on the earth, 
the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships, or rulers 
or authorities - the all things through Him, and unto Him have been 
created. (vs.17), and He is before All (things, beings) and The All 
Things in Him have stood together (and still hold together, cohere), 
this included the Kingdoms of the inhabited earth that had been 
entrusted to Satan, Lk. 4:4,6, and the cosmos mentioned in Satan's last 
testing of Christ, Mt. 4:8,9. Christ did not question Satan's claim. 
Satan's trusteeship was forfeited by misuse of his office.

The right to REDEEM a creation in ruin belonged to Christ by virtue of 
His being THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION, CoI.1:15. The right and 
responsibility of redeeming a creation beset by death belonged to Christ 
by virtue of His being THE FIRSTBORN Out From Among The Dead, 
Col.1:18,20. Christ, by redemption reclaimed His property and rightful 
priority. place and position.

Hereafter a JOINT-GUARDIANSHIP was to be established via a 
JOINT-AROUSEMENT and a JOINT-ENTHRONEMENT, Eph.2:6. This is the 
fulfilling of the hope to which we have been called, this is the essence 
of having been made the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the 
saints, this is the display of the excelling (super-casting) greatness 
of the power (ability) of Him in us ... according to the energy (in 
working) in the Christ, having aroused Him out from dead ones, and 
seating Him in the Supraheavenlies above [above+high] every beginning 
and authority and power and lordship ... all things He arranged under 
[subjected] the feet of Him, and Him He gave [appointed] Head above all 
things to the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of the One the all 
things habitually filling for Himself [the Body of Christ, the final 
complement to complete all that needed completion]. Eph.1:18-23 (portions).

In His Headship Christ is manifested now in the Supraheavenlies, it 
follows that whensoever, howsoever, wheresoever Christ is manifested, 
jointly with Him. complementary with Him, shall be the Church which is 
His Body.

To be partners with the FIRST-BORN'S GUARDIANSHIP, both must die to 
fulfill the role of JOINT-REDEMPTION, Eph.2:6; CoI.3:1,3, as well as the 
CO-BURIAL, and CO-AROUSING with HIM. CoI.2:12.

In reclaiming His Rightful Heirship position of FIRSTBORN of ALL 
CREATION, all claims to the contrary were voided. The super-natural as 
well as human chains of bondage to decrees, ordinances, and laws were 
cast off. Christ made an open display of them to show they had no claims 
against us, no power nor dominion over us, all this was broken, cp. Col. 
2:14-19. "He led Captivity captive", Eph.4:8; "ALL was placed under His 
feet," Eph.1:22; "FAR ABOVE ALL", Eph.1:21. The measure of our complete 
identification in and with Him is the degree of His Headship over all 
Rule and Authority, CoI.2:10. It is complete, thus we are complete in 
Him now and always.

In Christ's office as FIRSTBORN His first task was to redeem the whole 
inheritance, then SECURE IT, then to SHARE it. His death provided the 
REDEMPTION, His RESURRECTION and SEATING in the RIGHTS of the Father 
provided the SECURITY, and the COMMISSION embodied in Eph.3:8,9, " ... 
to make ALL see ... the riches ... the fellowship/dispensation of the 
sacred SECRET. This includes the SUMMATION of all things in the heavens 
and on earth IN CHRIST, Eph.1:10. The UNTRACKABLE WEALTH OF CHRIST is 
shared. Eph.3:8.

The Guardians are told: ... keep the UNITY OF THE SPIRIT, Eph.4:3, 
"Keep", watch over, preserve, guard. The UNITY of Eph.4:4-5 is to be 
"guarded" by the Guardians.

The EMPOWERING, Eph.6:10, KEEP BEING EMPOWERED, it is His might and His 
strength.

Eph.6:11 PUT ON, pick up the whole armor of God, God's PANOPLY, God's 
ARMOR. Stand=HOLD THE FIELD, not go to war, hold the field, not march, 
not fight, but stand, STAND FOR THE TRUTH. 6:13. The battle has been 
won, it remains for the GUARDIANS to hold on to that which has been 
given them.

1. The Armor: 6:14 Truth and Righteousness.
2. The Armor: 6:15 The Gospel Of Peace.
3. The Armor: 6:16 The FAITH, cp.4:13, Unity of THE FAITH.
4. The Armor: 6:17 SALVATION, i.e. deliverance.
5. The Armor: 6:17b THE WORD OF GOD, cp Col.1:25
The Mystery Ministry of Paul completes the Word of God, GRACE, not 
judgement, is GOD'S FINAL WORD.
6. THE ARMOR: 6:18 EVER PRAYING. For other Guardians.
Saints=Shining Ones. All in union with their Lord.
And for Paul, 6:19; to make known the Secret of the Good News. I.e .... 
by Him to more than reconcile the
all things unto Himself ...in earth ... in heaven, Col.1:20.

Fill up with Paul and other guardians the special bond between those 
standing and guarding. HOLD THE FIELD, THE BATTLE HAS BEEN WON. HOLD ON 
TO THE TRUTHS GIVEN YOU.

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*"THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH" *
*by Russell S. Miller *
*
Two Thousand Years ago a certain Man, innocent of all wrong doing, was 
taken into custody by the authorities, given a trial in which He was 
charged of crimes He had not committed, and even when "no fault" could 
be found in Him, He was condemned to the cruelest death that man could 
invent.

Now it should not be supposed that simply because these Two Thousand 
Years have passed that this terrible miscarriage of justice will not be 
avenged in the Highest Court! Nor should it be supposed that everyone 
who has had a part in this travesty will escape the judgment of this Court!

You may think you know nothing, at all, about this event. But you are 
still guilty of His blood, and it behooves you, now, to cry unto Him, 
"the Judge of all the earth", for mercy and grace, in, what cannot be 
otherwise, your impending and eternal doom!

His name is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, who, in the greatest of 
love and grace, paid our debt of sin, Himself, on the Cross of Calvary.

Though He was crucified at the hands of wicked men, Jews and Gentiles 
are guilty of His death. But more, it was your sins, your lifestyle, 
that nailed Him to the Cross, so you are not innocent in this matter, 
but guilty as charged. Yet because He not only was innocent of all wrong 
doing, but righteous in all that He did, the grave could not hold Him. 
Death had no claim upon Him. Consequently, by His own Almighty power He 
arose from the dead; and alive forever more, He is seeking for all those 
who had a part in His crucifixion.

Now it seems to me that the wisest thing that any man could do under 
such circumstances is to plead for mercy from this Court of Justice. 
Because this Man, whom you have crucified (your sins also nailed Him to 
the cross), is alive, and He is coming again to take vengeance upon all 
mankind.

Jesus Christ is The Judge of All the Earth!


it's my prayer that as you turn your thoughts toward Him, you will be 
reminded of his calm and quiet. As you allow Him to live His Life 
through you, thus directing you in all that may come your way the 
balance of 2010. He makes no mistakes, He has the plan.
In His love, grace and grip, Paris

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*A HIGHER CALLING *
*Part 3 of 3*
*By - Mel Flogel - *

*THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHALLENGE & REWARD *

Paul announced salvation as a sure thing to every one who believes 
during this present dispensation of grace. He proclaimed that in our 
Lord Jesus Christ "dwelleth all the fulness of the God head bodily. And 
ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and 
power." And that (positionally speaking) God already "hath quickened us 
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up 
together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" 
(Ephesians 2:5-6). So, positionally speaking, God now sees us as hidden 
in Christ so that when He looks at us He sees Christ. "For ye are dead, 
and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, 
shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" 
(Colossians3:3-4) Yet, the challenge to us is now to live like it. Paul 
exhorts us to live a life that fits one who possesses such a gift 
already. To the Corinthians he wrote "And that he (Christ) died for all, 
that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but 
unto him which died for them and rose again." (II Corinthians 5:15) And 
"that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of 
their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the 
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the 
blindness of their heart" (Ephesians 4:17-18.)

So the challenge from our Lord Jesus Christ is now to follow Paul in 
this and "Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children" 
(Ephesians5:1) And to seek perfection the way Paul did as he states, 
''Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but 
I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am 
apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have 
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are 
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14)

Paul said, "I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.But 
let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon." "Now if any man build 
upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, 
every man's work shall be made manifest for the day shall declare it 
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's 
work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide (remain)which he hath 
built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be 
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as 
by fire. (I Corinthians 3:10,12-15)

These are things which God has brought close to us, and within our 
reach. Eternal life, the reality of relationship with God, salvation as 
a sure thing to anyone who believes, and in this present life, the 
challenge to live as a possessor of the inheritance with the promise of 
reward for doing so.

So why not choose the gospel of the grace of God and believe. Set in 
motion, in your very being, the power of God's conformation process and 
become a possessor of the life of God and of the inheritance of eternal 
life by trusting in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the only payment 
for sins, trusting in Him as the only way of salvation. You'll be glad 
you did!


Lord help us this day to take the time to thank you and to appreciate 
what you mean to us and all that you do for us each moment of the day. 
With your hand you have made us a new creation in Christ, with your 
blood you have cleansed us. Thank you for leading us, protecting us and 
abiding in us. Oh how precious it is to know you and have fellowship 
with you today. Yes, once again, I lift my eyes unto the hills from 
whence cometh my help. You are my God and there is none other.
Amen


*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.

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A HIGHER CALLING*
*Part 2 of 3 *
*By - Mel Flogel - *

*CLOSE BY *
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Secondly, unlike the American dream, God has brought salvation close to 
each one of us. In Romans 10:6, Paul announces, "say not in thine heart, 
who shall ascend into heaven? (That is to bring Christ down from above:) 
or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again 
from the dead). But what saith it? The word is near thee, even in thy 
mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt 
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and 
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. "

What Paul is saying, is that now because of the finished work of Jesus 
Christ in His death and resurrection, He has made salvation, 
righteousness, justification, redemption, and eternal life as close as 
believing the words. Now, the operation of God goes like this, "In whom 
ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of 
your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with 
that Holy Spirit of promise. " (Ephesians 1:13) And again in Ephesians 
2:13, Paul declares "But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far 
off are made nigh (near) by the blood of Christ. "So, much more than a 
dream, God's calling is a reality and rather than a far off hope, all 
the spiritual blessings of salvation and sonship are as close to us as 
believing.
**
*
*A SURE THING *
*

Thirdly, the American dream holds no promise of being a sure thing, but 
look at what our Lord Jesus Christ announces thru Paul, "Therefore it is 
of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be 
sure to all the seed." (Romans 4:16) During this present dispensation, 
believing sets a process in motion. Paul called it conformation 
predestination. In Romans 8:29-39, he explains "For whom he did 
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his 
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom 
he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he 
also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What 
shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against 
us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how 
shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay 
anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is 
he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen 
again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh 
intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, 
or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the 
day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these 
things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am 
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor 
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the 
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

So then, the promise of eternal life, righteousness, salvation, 
redemption, justification, and glorification are a sure thing for the 
one who believes. Once we believe, we become a member of the church 
which is the body of Christ. Each of these members is now predestined to 
be conformed to the image of Christ.

Salvation during this present dispensation of grace is all about the 
love of Christ for us, not our love for Him. Our love for Him is only a 
reflection of gratitude for His great love and longsuffering toward us.

These wonderful and sure promises are made possible because of two 
things. First it's possible because of the all-sufficient sacrifice made 
to God for our sins (called propitiation) (see Romans 3:25) which was 
made by our Lord Jesus Christ in Calvary's cross. Secondly, these 
promises, and this conformation process is possible because of the Holy 
Spirit's power and work in us after we believe. That's why Paul said, 
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good 
work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" 
(Philippians1:6) and "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should 
walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

There is a teaching and a power which comes automatically to us when we 
believe. That's why Paul could say, "But ye have not so learned Christ; 
if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the 
truth is in Jesus; that ye put off the old man, which is corrupt 
according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your 
mind. And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in 
righteousness and true holiness." (Ephesians 4:20-24) And again to 
Titus, Paul wrote "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath 
appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly 
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present 
world." (Titus 2:11-12) So we have good news from our Lord Jesus Christ 
which was announced "afterwards" (Galatians 3:23) thru Paul that is a 
"sure" thing.


*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK*

*'Adversity is not simply a tool. Its God's most effective tool for the*
*advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we*
*see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into*
*periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this,*
*and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to*
*bear.'
by----Charles *

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A HIGHER CALLING 
Part 1 of 3
By Mel Flogel
REALITY 


The pursuit of happiness is said to be part of the American dream. No doubt, whether consciously or subconsciously, pursuing happiness, and pursuing wealth or at least a feeling of financial security are part of the goals and dreams of us in the USA. Add to this a desire to have or maintain good health. 

For many of us, these are pursuits and may remain that way, simply a dream and a goal never reached. For others, this pursuit has become more like a rat race at times. And as one person has said, "It's been a real rat race here, and the rats are winning". Nevertheless, these motivations have brought about many accomplishments by us as a people. 

But I submit to you that there is much more to life than this, that there is a much higher calling to each one of us individuals, a much more motivational power available to us. And what's more it is close to each one of us, and not just a dream. I'm talking about a relationship with God so personal that He takes up residence in your very being. We have some big words for this including: salvation, righteousness, redemption, justification and reconciliation. All of these terms, clearly defined can help us to understand it, and appreciate it, and often times to get it in the first place.

But has Jesus Christ taken up actual residence in your very being? I do not ask you if you understand the concept, rather, I ask you, Do you have the reality of Christ in you? Have you experienced the indwelling of God in the person of Jesus Christ? Has the Spirit of God born witness with your spirit that you belong to Him? Have you received the Spirit of adoption Who gives you the sense and assurance that God is your Father by relationship? Do you know (by experience) what it means to be "in the Spirit" and not merely "in the flesh "? 

In Paul's gospel, we find God using "great plainness of speech" and asking straight forward questions like this. God wants us to know where we stand with Him. Paul said, "examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you except ye be reprobates? II Corinthians 13:5)

Unlike the American dream, which can remain that way, only a dream, God's desire is for each one of us to have the reality of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" which is the seal of peace with God, sins forgiven, and eternal life. Paul explains this by saying "you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest (or down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory ", (Ephesians 1:13-14) 

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*A Changeless *
*God *
*In a *
*Changing Age *
*By Dr. Lloyd A. Peterson *
This message comes to us from the 27th Psalm. It is a song precious to 
the hearts of most Christians. David wrote this Psalm probably after his 
experience of II Samuel 21:15-17. You must read this portion to 
understand the Psalm. David was evidently aged when he went out to war 
with these Philistines. He very nearly lost his life in the battle. His 
friends said, 'Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou 
quench not the light of Israel.' In Hebrew and the Chaldee this Psalm is 
captioned 'ledavid' which is 'to and for David'. It is the testimony of 
sweet confidence in the living God.

There is a confidence because of divine protection. Verses 1-3. 
Confidence is given in the realm of spiritual, mental and physical 
anguish. He declares, 'When the wicked ... ' Verse 2. 'Wicked' here is 
not personified; it is wickedness in general. The Hebrew word is 'ra-a'. 
It means the breaking up of all that is good and desirable. If a Greek 
word were chosen it would be 'poneros', which is moral depravity and 
corruption. A day like this is not only spoken of as coming but some of 
us believe that it is here. We who have children and grandchildren care 
for their souls and we are tempted to worry. But let the age come, 
twisted and warped as it is, we may have confidence in the living God 
that He cares for His own. Isaiah said of Him, 'When the enemy shall 
come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard.' 
Isaiah 59: 19.

Again the Psalmist declares, 'Though an host should encamp against me.' 
Verse 3. This is MENTAL ANGUISH. It is a picture of the threats about 
us. None of these have actually engaged us in struggle yet, but they are 
like the Philistines encamped round about Israel. It engenders a spirit 
of uneasiness. It disturbs the rest that belongs to the chosen of God. 
Our Heavenly Father wants us to rest in the Lord. These threats come to 
all of us at all ages of life, but God says that we should not be 
disturbed. David in the Psalms says, 'I shall not fear'. Dearly beloved, 
God does not permit one thing to be an accident in your life. We call 
them such but this is improper. Our Father knows what we have need of 
and when we need His protection. Sometimes the Lord lets the host encamp 
about us so that we may more carefully examine both ourselves and our 
God. The host sometimes becomes His tool to make us a vessel unto honor. 
A dear brother in the Lord gave me a piece of paper. It had this message 
on it: 'The present circumstance which presses so hard against you is 
the best shaped tool in the Father's hand to chisel you for eternity. 
Trust Him then. Do not push away the instrument lest you lose its work.'

Once more the Psalmist declares, 'Though war should rise against me.' 
Verse 3. This is PHYSICAL. This is actual contact with the enemy. It is 
not only threat but experience in the physical. We all know what this is 
and will as long as we live in these bodies. Young people are not so 
cognizant of this but time brings all face to face with this issue -- 
the care of the physical.

What about age? With it come infirmities. Oh, how rich the Word is 
here! David said, 'I will be confident.' How could he say this? If you 
care to study, read on in the Psalm. David begins to pray and as an old 
pilgrim along life's road he wisely asks for some items of life, even in 
late years, that God sees fit to give all those who seek His guidance. 
No wonder we may say 'Selah' (think of that) for this is our unchanging 
God in this changing world.

David wrote this Psalm when he was aged. He probably was tempted to feel 
that the days of his usefulness were over. (As suggested, read II Samuel 
21:15-17.) He was told that he should not go out to battle any more. He 
was not able and capable as in former days. David was told that he 
should not 'quench the light of Israel'. It is not the easiest 
experience in life to be set aside from service. This is what Paul 
dreaded most. 'Lest I myself should become a castaway (set aside or 
disapproved)'. I believe that the Scripture teaches that until God takes 
us to heaven we are used of Him. When David saw that this particular 
phase of his ministry had come to an end he said, 'There is more for me 
to do, that will I seek after'. In so many words he declared that there 
was a ministry of prayer and through this he would reach areas that he 
had not before touched for God, and in this, confidence would be 
restored. By such communion several experiences would be his:

No. 1 - Prayer would reveal God's presence. Verse 4. 'I wiII seek ..... 
that I may dweII in the house of the Lord. ' He was speaking of the 
sanctuary. He knew what he would see there. There he would see the 
candlesticks, the table of shewbread, the altar of incense, the Mercy 
Seat, etc. These all spoke of God and His faithfulness and care for the 
children of men. In short, these items of furniture revealed the person 
and the nature of God. They spoke of God and His undying love for man. 
No one could abide here and ever worry. The storms of life that come 
with age, or any period of life in this age or any age, must abate when 
we stand in the presence of God. It is impossible as a Christian to have 
communion with God and worry at the same time. Do you remember what 
Martha said when Jesus came to the grave of her brother? She said to the 
Master, 'If thou hadst been here. ' There is a motto that reads: 'If I 
could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a 
million enemies; yet distance makes no difference, He is praying for 
me.' Try, my friend, to spend time in the Holy of Holies; see what God's 
presence will do when you behold Him.

No.2 - Prayer would reveal His beauty. Verse 4. David said, 'To behoId 
the beauty of the Lord'. Another translation reads, 'To consider the 
pleasantness of Jehovah and to look upon Him with admiration in his 
temple'. David is saying, 'There is a great ministry for me even now and 
that is to reveal the beauty of the Lord.' No one can abide in God's 
presence and not reveal and reflect God's person. Moses did when he came 
down from the Mount. I know that his (Moses') experience was unique, but 
II Corinthians 3:18 says that the Holy Spirit through the Word has a way 
of revealing the beauty of the Lord. 'But we all, with open face 
beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same 
image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ' There is 
a tremendous ministry for all of us until Jesus calls us to heaven 
regardless of age. Think of it! While the world and its religion are so 
busy and taken with the peddling of their wares, denominationally and 
otherwise, God can use a few humble and dedicated souls to reveal HIS 
BEAUTY. Does not this verse in Corinthians teach us that this is 
possible? Be sure to note, however, it is through THE WORD. This by 
prayer brings us into His presence.

No.3 - Prayer would reveal his power and purpose. Verse 5. 'He shall 
hide me in His pavilion'. What is better than to know the power and 
purpose of God? This can be a reality in and by communion with the Lord. 
The word 'pavilion' comes from the words 'papilio' and 'papilion' which 
means butterfly. It signifies a tent made of cloth stretched out on 
poles which in form resembles the butterfly. Here God hides the trusting 
soul. Does it mean that a man in the Old Testament who felt the judgment 
of man and fled to the Tent Tabernacle and laid hold of the horns of the 
altar could feel security here; or does it mean that as God has taken 
and transformed the worm, a creature of dust, into the beautiful 
butterfly to flit about in glorious splendor, so He has done for those 
that trust in Him? Whatever it does mean, it speaks of the POWER and 
PURPOSE of God. When a believer learns this, that he is in God's tender 
and purposeful care, rest quickly comes to the searching heart.

May the Lord help up to find and take time for a ministry of prayer; 
then the above named pleasures will be ours.

Amen and love.
*"You can't put a price tag on the American Dream. *
*That dream is the heart and soul of America; *
*it's the promise that keeps our nation forever good and generous,*
*a model and hope to the world." *

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Inexcusable 
by Pastor C. R. Stam

      The second chapter of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is a dark, sad passage, but it opens the door to the richest blessing the human heart can contain: salvation by grace.

The opening words: “Therefore thou art inexcusable,” are blunt indeed, but God exposes our sinful condition only so as to save us from it.

This is where most philosophies and the Bible clash head-on. Most philosophies close their eyes to the sinful nature of man. They argue,generally, that man is inherently good, while overwhelming evidence bears witness that he is inherently bad. Therefore human philosophy offers no salvation from sin and its just penalty. Only the Bible does this with its“gospel [good news] of the grace of God.”

In Paul’s day the Greek philosophers condemned the uncivilized pagans for their open immorality and wickedness. But while preaching virtue these moralizers themselves practiced vice, and God said:

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest does t the same things” (Rom.2:1).

It is the same today. Multitudes of self-righteous people are outwardly cultured and moral, but they forget that God looks upon the heart and sees hate as murder, jealousy as theft and the lustful look as adultery. He considers, not what we do, outwardly, but what we desire to do or wish we dared to do. He sees the desires and motives of the heart.

But thank God, “Christ died for sinners” — guilty sinners, and all who come to God by faith in Christ are “justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”(Rom. 3:24).

“Inexcusable,” or “justified freely by His grace,” through faith in the Christ who died for our sins? Which will it be?      

Since we are born spiritually dead, our greatest need is spiritual life. We received physical life and psychological life and a spirit which was dead to God by our human birth. This physical birth gave us temporary human life. Unfortunately, every human will die. To escape this living death condition, we must be born again into a spiritual life by a spiritual rebirth (John 3:3).


Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled,
we shall be saved by His life.

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REJOICING IN RECONCILIATION
By Charles W. Wages

And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven. And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight. (Col.1:20-22)


How we should rejoice in the mercy of God! When we realize that the world was alienated by sin, we can see the necessity for God to institute His great plan for reconciliation. We will mainly consider this great truth from the cross of Christ to its further development in the epistles, especially of Paul. In Romans 5:10, we are told: 

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.


This very clearly teaches that reconciliation is dependent upon the death of Christ. This is God's way of reconciling the world and individual sinners to Himself. God doesn't need to reconcile Himself to the sinner, but the sinner needs to be reconciled to God. It is totally a one way street. God hasn't done anything wrong. In family or business disputes, it is usually true that both parties are wrong, For instance, in I Corinthians 7:11, the apostle Paul instructs the departing wife to be reconciled to her husband. However, in the case of the world, we are shown that all the world has become guilty before God (Romans 3:19). Knowing that God so loved the world, we can readily understand why He was willing for His only begotten Son to die to provide reconciliation whereby sinners can be saved by simply believing: 

That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried and that He arose again the third day according to the scriptures. (I Corinthians 15:3-4)


Another great truth involved in the study and understanding of reconciliation is that through the death of Christ, Jew and Gentile have been brought together in one body. It should be understood that in the major portion of God's Word, there was the distinction made between the Jew and the non-Jew (Gentile). When we see this, the Old Testament, Gospels, and the first part of the book of Acts become more meaningful. In the book of Ephesians we are taught that Gentiles were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The use of the word aliens shows that Gentiles were alienated, consequently the need to be reconciled. Ephesians 2:11-18 then proceeds to show how God reconciled both, Jew and Gentile, into one body. Then it is summed up in Ephesians 2:16: 

And that He might reconcile both unto God in one Body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.


Both, Jew and Gentile, were guilty before God. Since Israel rejected Christ and God's offer of the Kingdom, they were set aside and became outsiders as well as the Gentile. Both needed to be reconciled to God. The means for this was the death of Christ on the Cross. The person to be commissioned for the work or ministry of reconciliation was the Apostle Paul (II Corinthians 5:17-20). It is through the Apostle Paul that we are introduced to the joint body in which there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Ephesians 3:1-10). Our heavenly Father makes no distinction between Jew or Gentile today in saving the lost. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ saves to the uttermost, all who come to Him by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. In Colossians 3:11 we are told: 

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; but Christ is all and in all.


Not only has God reconciled the world and the Jew and Gentile into one body, the Church, but we can rejoice in reconciliation to know this includes every individual who comes to Christ. In the great and important passage found in Colossians 1:20-21, we find that God has reconciled all things unto Himself. This includes even the creation that was affected by the original sin of Adam. However, God, through Christ, has even taken care of the redemption and restoration of His creation (Romans 8:21-22). It is so important to see, though, that God is interested in the individual. Notice in Colossians 1:21: 

And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in Your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight.


This great truth of reconciliation is clearly taught in II Corinthians 5:14-21. This needs to be read and studied carefully. It teaches us of so many things, but we see that when God reconciled the world to Himself, He provided for individuals that would believe the gospel of God's grace. In verse 20, of the above passage, stress is laid upon the individual. Notice the underscored pronouns, (underscoring is made by the writer), in the following Scripture: 

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
It is wonderful to see the results that have and will be accrued by God's act of reconciliation. These should make us rejoice in reconciliation. First, we see that old things have passed away. These old things not only consist of sins, but the letter of the law and the ordinances and requirements of the law. We also see that all things are become new. Not only a new life, but new ways of looking at life. Also, the new man, the Church which is Christ's Body, is now preeminent in God's plans and purposes (Ephesians 1:19-23). Practically, it enables us to have new friends, new relationships with our heavenly Father, other believers and ourselves. Also, a brand new outlook and future. REJOICE IN RECONCILIATION!

We have so much to be thankful for every day.
God has given us reconciliation,
we now have a new life, His life, 
and He will continually  provide for all our needs. 
So let’s make Thanksgiving a  year-long celebration. 
—Amen, Paris 

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An Indisputable Fact 
 by Pastor C. R. Stam
      
The theological confusion in the Church today is basically the result of her rebellion against the authority of Paul as the divinely-appointed-apostle for the present “dispensation of the grace of God”(Eph. 3:1-3).

On every hand Paul is referred to merely as one of the apostles, sometimes even as one of the twelve, though the record of Scripture proves that he could not possibly have qualified as one of the twelve (See Matt.19:28 and cf. Acts 9:1).

In Galatians 1 and 2 the Apostle throws down the certificate of his apostleship, as it were, to those who questioned it in his day. He opens his argument with the declaration:

“…I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

“For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:11,12).

The Scriptures teach beyond the shadow of a doubt that Paul’s apostleship and message were absolutely unique and separate from that of the twelve or of any who had preceded him. This is what Christendom as a whole has refused to accept. Is it any wonder, then, that they confuse God’s prophesied kingdom program with “the mystery,”committed to Paul for us in this present dispensation?

The Scriptures emphasize not only the Apostle’s constant use of the first person pronoun, “I,”“me,” “my,” but the unique character of his apostleship and message. Ignore this fact and confusion must inevitably result; accept it and a hundred seeming contradictions in Scripture disappear.                    

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*THE STATE OF THE BELIEVER*
*By Charles Wages*
*
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever 
state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I 
know how to abound; everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to 
be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do 
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Phil. 4:11-13)

It has often been pointed out that there is a difference between the 
standing of the believer and the state of the believer. Our standing as 
a child of God never changes. Since trusting Christ as Saviour, we have 
been placed in an eternal position by the eternal salvation that God has 
so graciously given. However, our state as to how we act and react while 
living in fleshly, earthly bodies has its ups and downs and changes as 
to how we live on earth.

Without pursuing the difference between our standing and state, we will 
concentrate on the state of the believer. I believe the scripture given, 
(Phil. 4:11-13), refers primarily to the apostle Paul's life as he 
served God on earth. They, also, refer to the physical necessities in 
order to live for and serve the Lord in the ministry God had given him. 
This can be confirmed by the words hungry and full. However, that never 
seems to be Paul's primary concern, however necessary it might be. His 
primary concern was how to fulfill the ministry God had given him to 
preach, teach, and to help others serve the Lord. He wanted his state to 
be one in which his life would count for God. Therefore, his state was 
not just one of being hungry or completely satisfied.

God is interested in our emotional state, that is how we act and react 
to events, personal relationships, and the ups and downs that attend our 
human lives. The book of Philippians is characterized by the words joy 
and rejoice, and encouragement to trust the Lord to take care of us in 
every circumstance. Read and reread that wonderful passage in 
Philippians 4:5-7:

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be 
careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of 
God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus.

The expression be careful for nothing is encouraging us to not be 
anxious or apprehensive about conditions beyond our control. The apostle 
Paul endured terrible experiences, physically and emotionally, and 
spiritually. However, he was able to write words of encouragement to 
believers. In 2 Corinthians 1:8, he accounted his troubles in Asia and 
then wrote, in that we despaired even of life. To despair utterly means 
to give up on life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. How 
refreshing to read what the Spirit led Paul to pen in 2 Corinthians 4:8:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but 
not in despair; Persecuted but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed.

And then to write in 2 Corinthians 4:18,

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which 
are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things 
which are not seen are eternal.

God is able to lift us from the depths of despair to the heights of 
heavenly joy. What truths to aid us in our emotional state! Yes, it is 
possible to be well fed physically, but down in the dumps emotionally.

God, no doubt, is interested in our state as to the daily necessities of 
food, shelter, clothing, etc. However, the most important aspect of our 
lives is our spiritual state. God is interested in the well-being of all 
His children. To illustrate this, the Word of God is often referred to 
as food items. For example, we read of milk, honey, bread in reference 
to the Scriptures. Its possible to abound and be fed as to the physical 
necessities and be starving spiritually! We could be rich in this 
world's goods and be starving spiritually. This is the state of the 
majority of people in the world system. The wonderful verse in 
Philippians 4:19, doesn't just apply to our physical needs.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory 
by Christ Jesus.

We remember the warning of our Lord to a person who wanted his brother 
to divide his inheritance with him.

Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a mans life consisteth not in 
the abundance of things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15)

The spiritual state of the believer is of utmost importance to the Lord. 
This speaks of our relationship to the Lord and determines the course of 
our lives as to the here and hereafter, the temporal and the eternal. To 
be healthy physically, we must eat the proper food; to be emotionally 
stable, we have to trust the Lord to strengthen us; to be strong and 
sound in the faith, we must partake of Gods spiritual food, the Word of 
God.

Our state vitally affects our life and service for the Lord. When we are 
emotionally upset and distraught, it is difficult to live and serve God. 
When we are spiritually bankrupt, it is impossible to serve in an 
acceptable way the Lord who loves us so much.

Yes, our standing as believers is secure; our state is sometimes shaky. 
God is taking care of our standing (Col. 2:10), we are greatly 
responsible for our state. We should depend upon God's ever present help 
to sustain and stablish.

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me (Phil. 4:13).

We often speak of the state of the Union, the state of our affairs, or 
our state of mind, but what about our spiritual state? It is so easy to 
become cold, indifferent, and even spiritually dead. It concerns more 
than our physical which can be a state of mind. It concerns our hearts. 
It involves more than our relationships with people. It concerns our 
relationship to the Lord and His Word. It is one thing to be content 
with our physical condition, but quite another to be content and 
self-satisfied with our spiritual condition. It is of utmost importance 
that believers stay close to the Lord through prayer, study of the Word, 
and fellowship with His children. We should be concerned with the 
spiritual condition of God's children. We can do this by being 
spiritually strong ourselves. Consider what Paul wrote in Colossians 4:7:

All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, 
and a faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord.

Also in Philippians 2:19-20:

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I 
also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man, 
like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

May we be able to help others in their spiritual lives by being strong 
in the Lord ourselves.

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SATAN AND THE TRUTH
by C. R. Stam

"If any man be in Christ he is a new creation..." (II Cor. 5:17).

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus..." 
(Eph.2:10).

"And ye are complete in Him..." (Col. 2:10).

"In Christ!" What a glorious truth! What a high and holy 
position! No religious ceremony, neither circumcision nor baptism, 
needed to make us spiritually complete. God only asks now: "Walk worthy 
of the vocation where with ye are called" (Eph. 4:1).

Many Christians are satisfied with salvation through the blood of 
Christ, but God wants us to have much more than this. He wants us to 
have "the full assurance of understanding" (Col. 2:2), to know the 
security, the blessedness, the glory of a position in Christ. He wants 
us to know "the exceeding riches of His grace" (Eph. 2:7), and to enjoy 
"all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3).

But Satan does not!

For proclaiming these glorious truths the Apostle Paul was bitterly 
opposed on every hand, even by some saved religious leaders of his day.

And Satan has not changed!

Proclaim this message today and "your adversary the devil" will soon be 
roused to action. He hates this message of grace which the glorified 
Lord revealed through Paul (Eph. 3:1-3) and let us not be asleep to the 
fact that, as in Paul's day, he will again seek to use even saved 
religious leaders, evangelical "big guns," if he can, to oppose it, thus 
robbing Christ of His glory and believers of their blessings.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"If we had three hundred men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing 
but sin, and were determined to know nothing among men but the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, we would set the world on fire."

*

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God 
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.



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*Provision for Growth in the Church*
Ephesians 4:11-12
Part 3
By Chuck Schiedler

*11) "And, on the one hand, He Himself gave apostles, also 
prophets, also **evangelists, also pastors and teachers"*
**
Now, Paul lists some of the specific gifts given to the Church. The 
terms "apostles", "prophets", "evangelists", "pastors" and "teachers" 
all occur in the /accusative case/ which means they are the /direct 
objects /of the verb "gave". This grammatical relationship indicates He 
/gave these members as gifted ones/, so these gifts are directly 
connected with our created being. We did not receive them after becoming 
members of the Body.
"On the one hand" (men) He gave "apostles". This /conjunctive particle/ 
is /used to distinguish the word it occurs with from those which 
follow/. It is commonly used in association with the /conjunction/ "de" 
to create a list of things as is the case here. The conjunction "de" is 
translated "also" three times in this verse separating "apostles" from 
the "prophets", "prophets" from the "evangelists" and "evangelists" from 
the "pastors and teachers". The following grammatical evidence shows 
there are four separate gifts spoken about here, not five as is 
sometimes taught.
First, the conjunction connecting "pastors and teachers" is "kai". It 
simply refers to /a/ /connection between two things/. The other 
conjunction translated "also" (de) not only indicates /a/ /connection 
between two things/ but it also emphasizes /there is something different 
when the connected words or phrases are compared/. Often both of these 
conjunctions are translated "and", but I have rendered them in a manner 
which accentuates their core meanings. Second, evidence the "pastors and 
teachers" are connected as one gift is shown by the fact these two nouns 
share the /definite article /"tous". This article appears a total of 
four times in verse 11, which signifies there are four separate gifts 
listed. The other three occurrences of "tous" are coupled with each of 
the first three gifts listed.
"Apostles" (tous*. . . *apostolous) are the first gifted ones cited who 
Jesus Christ gave to the Church. This word literally means /ones sent 
from/, and thus, ones /dispatched/. They were sent forth /to establish a 
message/, and Paul was the central one Jesus Christ chose to deliver His 
message of God's Grace to the Body of Christ (Gal. 1:1 -- 2:10, note 1:1 
and 2:8; Titus 1:1-3). A number of other "apostles" are mentioned in the 
Book of Acts and Epistles who worked in association with Paul so the 
"administration of the grace of God" would gain /a foundation/ 
throughout the far reaches of the inhabited world (Eph. 2:20; 3:2-5; 
Col. 1:23).
"Prophets" (tous*. . . *propheetas) are recorded second as gifted 
individuals given for distribution of the gospel. This noun consists of 
two words which literally mean/speech beforehand/. As used in the Bible, 
a prophet is one who transmitted an original message received from God 
to those for whom it was intended. The content of a prophet's message 
could include historical truths, present events and future realities. 
Before the message our Lord delivered to the Church was written down, 
prophets were the channel through whom God's Word was brought to 
Christians (Acts 13:1; 1 Cor. 14:1, 29-33). Many of those designated as 
"prophets", including Paul, were also gifted "apostles". The purpose of 
both "apostles" and "prophets" was /to institute the groundwork needed 
to launch the gospel/. Then, both of these gifts ceased after the 
message had been adequately received from Jesus Christ, recorded, and 
circulated throughout the Church (1 Cor. 3:10-12, 13:8-13; Eph. 2:20). 
These are two of the gifts God "rendered inoperative" (katargeo) *^7 
*^when His need for them became obsolete.
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^7 This compound word comes from three Greek words meaning /down/, /not 
/ and /work/. Occurring four
times in First Corinthians 13:8-11, it carries the idea of /idling down 
to a non-working state/.

The third group of persons mentioned as gifts given to the Church are 
"evangelists" (tous*. . . *euaggelistas). This is also a two part word 
meaning /announcers of good/. It is built on the same root as the noun 
"gospel" (euaggelion), so evangelists are /those who proclaim the good 
news /of the gospel message. Evangelists replaced the "apostles" since 
the need to receive and establish revelation of truth had been 
completed. Certainly "evangelists" are to personally carry the gospel to 
those who are in unbelief and headed toward eternal condemnation. 
However, the emphasis of this passage focusses on how these individuals 
were given to the Body "toward the preparation of the saints" (v. 12).
So, the primarily reason evangelists are mentioned here is in regard to 
their /job of training other/ /believers/ in the art of sharing the 
gospel. The eternal truths of Scripture never change. Nevertheless, 
because biblical realities must be related to the lost in light of 
prevailing societal views, constantly changing philosophies and varying 
beliefs among people in different geographic locations, Christians need 
/continuing education/ so we can evangelize our generation. Gifted 
evangelists insure each Body member can know how to effectively urge all 
people, with whom we come in contact, to believe the salvation message 
(1 Cor. 2:1-5; Col. 4:5-6).
Finally, "pastors and teachers" (tous*. . . *poimenas**kai**didaskalous) 
were given to the Church. "Pastors" (poimenas) are /those who shepherd a 
flock of sheep/. The noun form of this word occurs only here in the New 
Testament. However, an action form is used in two other passages which 
indicate Church elders are to be involved in /shepherding the flock of 
God /(Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2). It is necessary for those who fill a 
pastoring roll as trainers in the Body of Christ to also be "teachers" 
(didaskalous). This noun describes /those who can instruct/ believers 
with Scriptural truth based on a time-tested knowledge of the Word. In 
addition, this biblical understanding must be combined with godly 
character -- a lifestyle /worthy of respect/ -- in order to have a 
lasting, positive impact on the Church (Phil. 3:17; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Pet. 
5:1-5).
In the same way as evangelists replaced the apostles, prophets were 
replaced by the /pastor/teachers./ Paul and other prophets orally 
received truth from God for the purpose of delivering it to the Church. 
Subsequently, they wrote it down and it became our permanent record of 
Scripture (1 Cor. 3:10-12; Eph. 2:18). Now, pastor/teachers, who 
replaced these prophets, study this record and help members of the Body 
comprehend it (1 Tim. 5:17; Titus 1:9; 2 Peter 2:1).
In contexts where "pastors and teachers" are discussed, they are 
consistently represented as /a plurality of gifted members /provided to 
train the Body and are /never spoken about in terms of being one 
individual/, even when a gathering of believers was few in number (Acts 
12:1, 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2). Also, these gifted ones are never/designated 
by a position/ held in the Church. Furthermore, they are /never called/ 
/Reverend /or given /celebrity status/. In contrast, they are regularly 
portrayed as /self-supporting servants/ (Acts 20:32-35; 1 Cor. 9:6-18; 
Phil. 4:18; 1 Thess. 2:6; 2 Thess. 3:7-10). Pastor/teachers are simply 
presented as one of the cogs in God's spiritual machine, the Body of 
Christ, specifically to educate the other members so all can participate 
in the "work of ministry" (Eph. 4:12). God did not intend for them to be 
perceived as more important than other members who faithfully contribute 
to the Body through the exercise of their gifts (Rom. 12:16; 1 Cor. 
12:24-25). Actually, the Word never gives the idea any one gifted 
individual should be primary or dominant in any assembly; that 
designation is reserved for /Jesus Christ, alone /(Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 
1:18, 2:19; Heb. 4:14; 1 Peter 5:4).
This list is not intended to represent a complete record of all gifts 
which endure during this administration of Grace. These gifted 
individuals are simply involved in /preparing Christians for the work of 
ministry/, which is clarified by the upcoming context. Additional gifts 
mentioned in the Epistles, excluding ones having passed off the scene, 
are designed to serve the Body in order to fulfill every other need.
*12) "toward the preparation of the saints, for the work of ministry, 
resulting** in the building up of the body of Christ,"*
**
The reason Jesus Christ gave gifted members to mentor the Body with 
Christian norms is "toward the preparation of the saints". The 
/preposition/ translated "toward" (pros) /directs/ these//Church 
trainers /to the/ /goal /which//they are to pursue. Their purpose is to 
follow a course which will accomplish the "preparation" (katartismon) of 
all the other believers so they will be competent to do the "work of 
ministry" (2 Tim. 2:2). This word is derived from a noun which 
transliterates into the English word/artisan/ (artisis) prefixed by 
"kata", indicating /repetition/. Their combined meaning is to/perfect/ 
/something/, often by /restoration. /This noun occurs only here in the 
New Testament, however, its action form is used for the /restoration /of 
fishing nets, unity among believers and Christians who are contemplating 
sin (Matt. 4:21; 1 Cor. 1:10; Gal. 6:1). It is also used to describe the 
/preparation /of a disciple, Jesus' earthly body and the ages during 
creation (Luke 6:40; Heb. 10:5; 11:3). As this word applies to 
believers, we need to be/re-crafted with godly knowledge and character/ 
/to be prepared or equipped/ for ministry (2 Tim. 3:17).
When people are first saved, our ultimate destination to be with the 
Lord forever is based solely on the positional righteousness we have in 
Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Then, /spiritual restoration/ must begin, which 
will prepare us to serve the Lord during this lifetime. For this 
process, "pastors and teachers" were given as /trainers/ to equip us 
"for the work of ministry". The noun translated "ministry" (diakonias) 
is a very interesting word built from the noun "konia", meaning /dust/, 
and the preposition "dia", which means /through/. This word describes a 
person involved in /busy-ness/ of any kind, whose activity is 
illustrated by /kicking up dust throughout/ the process of purposeful 
movement. For believers, this /spiritual business/ consists of 
/promoting the truths of the gospel /through the conduit of/transformed 
lives empowered by the Spirit/.
"Diakonia" is the primary label found in the Epistles to define 
Christian "ministry" (Rom. 12:7; 2 Cor. 3:7-9; 5:18).*^8 * Since this 
context connects every believer to this "ministry",/the indication is 
all Christians are in The Ministry/. The importance of this truth bears 
repeating. /Every single believer is to be involved in ministry, not 
just those who have a pastoral gift/. God's intent for all His children 
is for each of us to progress toward spiritual maturity, leaving behind 
our flesh-controlled infancy, in order for us to be effective for Him. 
/All Christians can and should grow to become good examples, competent 
to counsel, able to evangelize /and/teachers of one another -- "the 
work" of ministry/ (Rom. 15:14; Gal 6:1-2; Phil. 3:17; Col. 3:16-17).
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^8 Paul also commonly uses the related noun "diakonos" to designate 
himself and others as "ministers" of
the Gospel of Grace (Rom. 15:8; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 3:7; Col. 1:7).
As believers mature and spend more time carrying out ministry work; 
their efforts will cause "the building up of the body of Christ" (Eph. 
4:12). The noun translated "building up" (oikodomeen) comes from two 
words which mean /the building of a house/ and is often translated 
"edification". The Body of Christ, the Church, is referenced by /this 
house/ /analogy/ both regarding a structure where God dwells and a place 
from which His truth is sustained (1 Cor. 3:9; Eph. 2:19, 22; 1 Tim. 
3:15). This verse teaches:/Optimal edification of the Church can only/ 
/become a reality when all the saints are involved. /Believers who grasp 
this concept should have renewed vigor in regard to their own life's 
purpose as well as encouraging other members to exercise their 
Body-building gifts. As we have seen, according to His distinct purpose, 
God placed gifted people in the Body in a manner which pleased Him. A 
believer who realizes the important part he or she plays in God's divine 
production, which centers on evangelizing the lost and edifying those 
who are saved, will be revitalized in regard to their individual service 
for the Lord.

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*Provision for Growth in the Church*
Ephesians 4:13
Part 4
By Chuck Schiedler

*13) "until we might all attain unto the unity associated with 
the faith and **the full knowledge of the Son of God, resulting in a 
perfect man, resulting in the measure of the stature associated with the 
fullness of Christ,"*
**
The /conjunction /rendered "until" (mechri) means /until the point /what 
is described in the preceding context is accomplished. Therefore, when 
those who possess training gifts help prepare members in the Body for 
the work of ministry, proliferating growth will result in the Church 
"until we might all attain" God's high goal of "unity". The verb 
translated "we might . . . attain" (katanteesomen) occurs in the 
/subjunctive mode /indicating this unity can only be achieved 
/ when "all"//believers do their part./To properly train God's army, 
Christian leaders must help members of the Body grasp this essential 
truth concerning each person's responsibility and role within His plan 
(Eph. 6:1-18). These leaders will be held accountable for their job of 
teaching believers to fulfill our divinely prescribed duty both because 
they were gifted for this purpose and God's goals for the Body cannot be 
met unless all Christians are involved (1 Cor. 1:10-15).
Back in verse 3, the subject of "unity" was introduced in conjunction 
with believer's commonality around the Holy Spirit. In this verse, 
"unity" is "associated with" (genitive case) two interrelated things, 
"the faith" and "the full knowledge of the Son of God". "The faith" is 
speaking about /the body of truth we believe/. It is used in the same 
way here as in verse 5 of this chapter. When believers are properly 
trained by evangelists and pastor/teachers in our comprehension and 
practice of the "faith", we have the potential to attain Spirit produced 
"unity".
In conjunction with this, Christians can also "attain" unity based on a 
"full knowledge of the Son of God". The word "full knowledge" 
(epignoseos) is constructed from the preposition "epi", meaning /upon/, 
and the noun "gnosis", which indicates /knowledge/. This word not only 
expresses the idea of "knowledge", but it indicates we can acquire 
/knowledge on top of knowledge/. It is routinely used by Paul to 
represent the concept of /full /or/complete knowledge/. Specifically, 
this "full knowledge" speaks of the /complete understanding /of truth 
God has given to be followed by the Body of Christ, the Church (Phil. 
1:9; Col. 1:9-10; 2:2; Titus 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:3).
Furthermore, this "full knowledge" is /associated with /(genitive case) 
"the Son of God". As believers progressively grasp the vast truths given 
for the Church revolving around the Person of God's Son, Jesus Christ, 
an effective foundation is formed to "attain" a Spirit-centered "unity" 
in relation to the "faith", which can then overflow into all phases of 
"ministry" (1 Cor. 3:10-12; Col. 1:28). Believers who do not work 
together toward this goal demonstrate they are deficient in regard to 
understanding biblical instruction as well as being led by the Spirit.
When Christians become more unified around the truths which explain our 
relationship to, extol the virtues of, and contain directions from our 
Savior, growth materializes in us "resulting in a perfect man". The 
preposition "eis", translated "resulting in", means /in the direction 
/of and points toward the /destination/ /of our pursuit/ -- a "perfect 
man". The adjective rendered "perfect" (teleion) most basically 
represents /the nature of being complete/. It is used to refer to the 
/perfect /or /complete/ Word of God and the prophecy through which it 
was revealed (Rom. 12:2; 1 Cor. 13:10). It is also used metaphorically 
regarding Christian /maturity/ and represents /the goal of perfection 
/we are to progress toward as we continue to be transformed into the 
image of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 2:6; Col. 1:28; Heb. 5:14).

Paul's use of the phrase "perfect man" in this verse is related to the 
terms "new man" or "inner man" used in his other Letters (Rom. 7:22; 2 
Cor. 4:16; Eph. 2:15; 4:24). These designations represent our righteous 
standing before God and characterize the ability we now have to overcome 
sin by His indwelling Spirit. Subsequent to being placed in the Body, we 
are directed to "put on" this "new man" /by integrating the qualities of 
Christ into our mortal bodies /(Rom. 8:11; 13:12-14; Eph. 3:16; 4:24; 
Col. 3:9-11).
When believers undergo this spiritual transformation, we experience a 
reality "resulting in the measure of the stature associated with the 
fullness of Christ". The noun "fullness" (pleeromatos) is similar in 
meaning to the word "perfect" (teleion) used in the last phrase. 
Regarding Christ, this word is used to explain how God was pleased for 
"all the fullness to dwell" in Him, the One through whom He accomplished 
the reconciliation of mankind. It also speaks of "all the fullness of 
deity" which presently resides in our risen Lord (Col. 1:19; 2:9). Then, 
Colossians 2:10 expresses how we are absorbed into this same "fullness" 
when the /participial form/ is used to express "we have been filled in 
Him". Following this statement, Paul delineates a number of wonderful 
eternal realities which explain the /completeness /we possess in 
association with our Savior (vv. 11-15).
In this same vein, the Body of Christ, the Church, is spoken of as being 
the "fullness" of God since He presently sees us through the righteous 
filter of Christ, our Savior, Lord and Head (Eph. 1:22-23). Proceeding 
forward in the heavenly story of Ephesians, Paul prays that we might "be 
filled in the direction of all the fullness of God" as we learn to 
integrate the truths set forth in the first three chapters (3:19). This 
"fullness of (or /associated with/) Christ" consists of all the 
righteousness and holiness of God we see revealed in the image of our 
Savior. Because of our position in Christ, His "fullness" can now become 
part of us when we cloth ourselves with the new man by submitting to His 
Spirit. In this way, we can exhibit a living-demonstration of His 
character which is detailed in His Word (Rom. 13:14; Gal. 3:27-28, 
5:16-18; Eph. 5:18).
The same "measure" (metron), or /amount/, and "stature" (eelikias), or 
/size/, which is associated with the "fullness" found in Christ, is also 
available for believers. This speaks of /the incredible/ /extent /we 
have at our disposal to be transformed into Jesus' /perfect 
completeness./ As we gain insight into this celestial truth and learn to 
incorporate it by Spirit-renovating power, amazing change can happen in 
our lives "far beyond which things we can ask or think" (Eph. 3:20). 
Believers who take this path will mutually and successfully participate 
in the ministry-journey to which God invites each of us.
to be continued . . .
*Appendix I:*
A question may arise about whether Paul's use of the word "gift" 
(dorea), meaning /free gift/, in this verse describes the same gifts as 
the word "charisma", meaning /unmerited gift/, used in other contexts 
(Rom. 1:11, 12:6; 1 Cor. 1:7, 12:4, 9, 28, 30-31). These two words for 
"gift", occurring with "grace" (charis) in the following passages, 
provide ample evidence they both refer to spiritual gifts which are 
active in the Church today. First, "charis" /is used in a similar manner 
related to both/ "charisma" (Rom. 12:3, 6) and "dorea" (Eph. 3:7, 4:7). 
In Ephesians 3:7, "grace" was the source from which Paul received the 
"gift" (dorean) making him a "/minister"/ of the gospel. This gift was 
employed in conjunction with his other gifts of /prophecy,/ 
/apostleship/ and /tongues /to distribute the administration of the 
Grace of God (Acts 13:1; Romans 12:7; 1 Cor. 14:18; Eph. 1:1, 2:20, 
3:2-3, 7).
Next, "charisma" and "dorea" /are used interchangeably/ in Romans 
5:15-17. Both define the "gift" believers possess through Christ 
referring to that which results in /righteousness/ and qualifies us to 
/reign in life/. This usage confirms they can define duel aspects of the 
same thing. Finally, Paul speaks twice about a "gift" (charisma) 
possessed by Timothy while using /present tense verbs/ which shows it is 
/actively functioning/ in him (1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6). These 
occurrences demonstrate "charisma" is not only used to describe 
/manifest /or /sign gifts/ which ceased when Church revelation was 
complete, but it also refers to gifts which endure (1 Cor. 1:22, 12:7, 
13:8-13, 14:22). These uses of the words for "gift" (dorea and charisma) 
in the post-Acts Epistles (Ephesians and First & Second Timothy) define 
both the /free/ and /unmerited /nature of our /present day/ /spiritual 
gifts/.
*Appendix II:*
**

Much debate has risen from the way Paul quotes Psalm 68:18, because
he renders the final phrase of this verse, "he gave gifts to men".
Whereas, literal translations, such as the /King James Version/,
translate the Hebrew, "thou has received gifts for men". The
/Septuagint/ similarly reads, "thou has received gifts for man".
These translations support the teaching in this Psalm that God will
receive the "spoil" of victory over Israel's enemies then reserve it
for His people. No one knows exactly how Paul arrived at his
translation of this verse, but it is very similar to /The/ /Targum/,
an Aramaic paraphrase of the Hebrew text, containing notes inserted
by Rabbis. This was the most common Old Testament used by Jews in
Paul's day as well as before the Christian era. It reads, "you . . .
gave them as gifts to the children of men". Also, possible sources
of Paul's version are the pre-Christian Syriac/Peshitta/ reading
"You . . . gave gifts to the sons of men" and the Arabic version
which says "and he gave gifts to men". Regardless from where this
record originated, Christians should accept what is found in the
text of Ephesians to be both legitimate and accurate in order to
accomplish God's purpose. For, Paul, like all Scripture writers,
received the exact words he wrote under the leading of the Holy
Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).[StudyLight.org, Difficult
Sayings, Does Paul misquote Psalm 68:18? Ephesians 4:8; John Gill's
Exposition of the Bible, Psalm 68:18]

Chuck Schiedler
chuckschiedler@yahoo.com
Old Testament quotes are from the KJV.
New Testament quotes are original translations by the author from the 
Greek text.

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Ephesians 4:9-10
Part 2
By Chuck Schiedler

*9)** “And, the /word ‘/He ascended’, what is it except that He also 
descended **into the lower parts of the earth?â€*
Paul’s examination of Psalm 68:18 begins with a discussion about the 
word “He ascended†(anebee). This verb means /to go up/ and is commonly 
used for /climbing in/ /elevation/, often in regard to ascending to the 
city of Jerusalem (Matt. 20:17-18; John 11:55; Acts 11:2, 25:1; Gal. 
2:1-2). Although Jerusalem has no direct physical relationship with the 
Body of Christ, Paul does employ it in an allegorical sense to represent 
how we as the people of God are in a heavenly position free from bondage 
related to the Law (Gal. 4:25 – 5:1; see also Heb. 11:22). Just as 
Christ will ascend to rule Israel from Jerusalem in the Kingdom, the 
concept of our Lord ascending to /a high position/ in relation to the 
Church is the /first point of application Paul draws from this Psalm/.
Having mentioned Christ’s ascension, Paul now asks, “What is it except 
that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth?†It is 
difficult to determine the exact meaning of this verse because the word 
“lower†(katotera) is only used here in the New Testament. This 
/adjective/ describes the noun “parts†and, since it occurs in the 
/comparative form/, it means /lower when compared with something 
//higher. /The verb translated “He descended†(katebee) means /to go 
down/ and it is the direct opposite of the verb “He ascendedâ€.
So where did Christ descend when He went “into the lower parts of the 
earthâ€? Three common interpretations have some merit since they are 
based on concepts contained in other Scriptures which may explain what 
Paul is discussing here. One position is Jesus Christ came to this 
sin-burdened earth, a /lowly place among lowly men/. He humbled Himself 
to the degree of taking on the form of a man and dying a terrible 
cross-death (Psalm 8:5; Phil. 2:5-11). Second, some claim this statement 
refers to the /burial of our Lord in an earthly tomb/ (Luke 23:53-56; 1 
Cor. 15:3-4). Finally, some interpret this as a corollary passage to 
when Jesus “preached to the spirits in prison†– those who died in the 
flood and are awaiting judgment (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6). Although this 
comparison is made, there is no direct proof Peter’s reference is 
connected with Ephesians 4:9.
Each theory contains some speculation. However, it is interesting that 
all three positions dovetail around Jesus Christ’s course of life, 
culminating in His payment for the sin of mankind. Even though Paul does 
not directly expound on the word “captivity†found in Psalm 68:18, he 
may be referencing that part of the quote to illustrate Christ /rescuing 
us from the helpless and hopeless position we held as unbelievers, 
separated from God/ (Rom. 7:23; 2 Cor. 4:3-6; Eph. 2:1-5; Col. 1:13-14). 
His ascension into heaven, which followed His death and resurrection, 
enabled Him to offer His untarnished blood to God and obtain an “eternal 
inheritance†for us (Heb. 9:11-15). Just as God will rescue Israel from 
“captivity†and lead them to the Promised Land as described in Psalm 68, 
the fact Jesus Christ /rescued us from our captivity to sin so we can 
become His people may be implied as the next application Paul draws 
/from this Old Testament quote.*^6 *
__________________________________________________________
^6 Some of my thoughts on verses 8-10 were augmented by comments on 
Psalm 68:18 from John Calvin’s
Commentary, J. N. Darby’s Bible Synopsis, and Barne’s Notes on the Bible.
*10) “The one having descended, He Himself is also the one having 
ascended **far above all the heavens, in order that He might fill all 
things.â€*
Since the meaning of Christ /descending/ has already been discussed, let 
us move forward and consider the phrase, “He . . . ascended far above 
all the heavensâ€. The word rendered “far above†(uperano) consists of 
two prepositions meaning /above /and /up/. It conveys the idea of 
being/above what is on top/. This word is used in Ephesians 1:20-21 
referring to the position Christ occupies as He sits at God’s “right 
hand in the heavens /far above/ all rule and authority and power and 
dominion and every name being named . . .†This is our Lord’s /lofty 
vantage point/ from which He exercises His Headship “over all things in 
relation to the Church, which is . . . the fullness†of God (vv. 22-23).

In regard to Jesus Christ’s ascension, Paul says it was far above “all 
the heavensâ€. From Scripture, we learn at least three levels of “heaven†
exist, the third of which is /the place where God resides /(2 Cor. 
12:2). The first “heaven†appears to be our /atmosphere/ where birds 
fly, and the second is /space/ where stars and planets are seen (2 Sam. 
21:10; Job 22:12; 1 Cor. 15:40-41). In reference to Christ ascending to 
offer “His own blood†to God, the Book of Hebrews teaches about our 
“great high priest /having passed through the heavens /(emphasis is 
mine), Jesus the Son of God†(4:14). His single sacrifice offered “once 
for all†mankind’s sin accomplished “eternal redemptionâ€. For this 
reason, the Father rewarded Jesus with a seat at His right hand 
(9:11-15; Rom. 8:34).
Our Lord is worthy to hold this /highly exalted position/ since He 
brought glory to God through a faultless journey which began at His 
birth into this world and concluded with His ascension into heaven. 
God’s /purpose/ for His Son ascending to this /height/ is “in order that 
He might fill (pleerosee) all things†(Eph. 4:10). What Paul means by 
“all things†is clarified by the surrounding context which centers on 
/gifts He has given to the Body/ (vv. 7-11). As these imparted gifts are 
exercised by believers who obey the command to “be filled (pleerousthe) 
with the Spiritâ€, real potential exists for the Body of Christ to 
graduate from its granted /position/ of being the “fullness†(pleeroma) 
of God and move toward/its goal/ /of emulating character/ which mirrors 
“the fullness (pleeromatos) of Christ†(Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13; 5:18). 
Under /Spirit-guided control/, our gifts can effect changes beyond 
imagination both in our character and interactions with fellow Body 
members (3:20-21).
Just as Israel of old will benefit by God bestowing upon them the 
“spoil†gained from victory over their enemies, in a similar fashion, 
/members of the Body/ /benefit from/ /Jesus Christ giving us gifts /from 
the high position to which He was exalted. This appears to be the /final 
point of application for the Church /which Paul garners from this Psalm 
(68:12, 18).

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Provision for Growth in the Church
Ephesians 4:7-8
By Chuck Schiedler

*Ephesians 4:7) ****“And, to each one of us grace was given according 
to the** measure of the**gift of Christ.”*
**
After laying a foundation for how Christians can work together to carry 
out our ministry “calling”, Paul introduces the next component which God 
provides to help us accomplish this task. Coupled with our salvation, 
each believer “was given” a type of “grace . . . according to the 
measure of the gift of Christ”. “Grace” (charis) means/unmerited favor/ 
which indicates /we do nothing to earn or deserve/ what has been given 
to us. “Grace” most often describes a God-given factor used in our 
salvation as seen earlier in this Book (Eph. 1:7, 2:5, 8). However, the 
application of “grace” Paul introduces here extends beyond salvation and 
was given to each one of us so we can aid the Body of Christ.
The added phrase “according to the measure of the gift of Christ” means 
this “grace” given to every believer is /associated with/ (genitive 
case) “the gift” which is, in turn, /associated with/ “Christ”. The 
basic idea the word “gift” (doreas) expresses is/free/; it is like /a/ 
/present/. The concept Paul is developing about what equips Body members 
to minister is founded in /an unmerited present given to each believer 
by Jesus Christ /(Eph. 4:10).*^3 * He then says this “gift” has been 
allocated according to a//“measure” (metron) or an/amount /(Rom. 
12:3-7). This means every believer not only possesses a/gift /but also a 
divinely determined /quantity of their gift/, enabling them to become /a 
resource/ /which contributes/ to the growth of His Body.
__________________________________________________________
^3 For a discussion with regard to how Paul uses the word “gift” 
(dorea) in comparison to the other word he commonly uses to designate 
“gifts” (charismata), see Appendix I.
Now, consider the phrase “to each one of us”, which indicates /every 
single believer possesses an unmerited gift./ Word order in the Greek 
language is significant, and in this verse the term “one” (eni) occurs 
in first position. Commonly a word is placed at the forefront 
to/emphasize that particular element /of a sentence. Using this literary 
technique, the//word “one” /places primary focus upon each believer’s 
gift as an additional oneness-factor/ which works together with the 
/seven ones/ already discussed in verses 4-6. With these combined 
elements, necessary unity can be attained for the Church to fulfill its 
“calling”.
God created these gifts, relative to service, into our personality (Rom. 
9:20-23; 1 Cor. 12:18). Nevertheless, these natural abilities must 
function under control of the Holy Spirit to become a constructive force 
in accomplishing His purpose for the Church (Eph. 5:18). When we 
habitually exercise our gifts in conjunction with motives driven by 
Spirit-engendered love, they can flourish causing a positive impact on 
the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 1:4-7; 8:1, 9-13; 12:15-26; 13:1-7; 14:26; 
Gal. 5:16-26). However, to insure the proper use of spiritual gifts, God 
has provided an extensive example in First Corinthians concerning how 
their inappropriate use can derail the Body-building intent for which 
they were given.
One final point is noteworthy; Paul’s use of the word “gift” (doreas) in 
its /singular form/ does not mean each believer has only one gift. But, 
just as Paul possessed numerous gifts for his ministry, all believers 
have /received a package of “differing” gifts, in varied “measure”, 
which God crafted for each of His children/ (/Rom. 12:6/; 1 Cor. 12:4-6, 
14:18; Eph. 3:7, /4:1, 7/).
*8) “Wherefore it says, ‘Having ascended unto the height, he 
led captive **captivity, he gave gifts to men.’ ”*
**
In regard to Christians receiving a “measure of the gift of Christ”, the 
Holy Spirit chose to have Paul illustrate the process of how this took 
place by referencing Psalm 68:18. Based on the principles applied from 
this quote in the next couple of verses, it appears this passage was 
selected to help believing Jews in Ephesus better relate to concepts 
associated with a beneficial outcome of receiving divine gifts.*^4 * 
Furthermore, because of earlier teachings in this Book about equality 
between Jews and Gentiles in the Body, they would have understood these 
gifts were given to all believers (Eph. 2:11 – 3:6). Before considering 
Paul’s breakdown of this passage, let us first look at God’s original 
intent surrounding David’s purpose for writing it to the Nation of Israel.
__________________________________________________________
^4 In his earlier Letters, Paul commonly quotes Old Testament 
passages which contain likenesses to the truths he teaches when Jewish 
believers made up part of an assembly (1 Cor. 2:9, 16; 2 Cor. 6:2; 
8:15; Eph. 5:14). Other than First Timothy 5:18, instructing by use of 
Old Testament verses is noticeably absent in his last six Epistles 
(Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, First & Second Timothy, and Titus).
To begin with, this verse states how God ascended to “the height”, His 
/high place/, which is likened to both the “hill of Bashan” and Mount 
“Sinai”. Sinai was the /highland/ from which God originally gave the Law 
to and bestowed associated blessings upon His people (Psalm 68:7-11, 15, 
17, 26-35). Also, “the hill which God desireth to dwell in . . . 
forever”, is mentioned as a future place He will occupy after victory 
over His enemies. This high place centers in /Jerusalem/, Mount Zion, 
the location from which Israel’s coming King will rule over them in the 
promised Kingdom (Psalm 68:16, 29; see also 68:7, 9, 22, 27-29; 2 Kings 
19:31; Isa. 10:12, 32). In addition, God is twice referred to as one who 
“rideth upon the heavens”, the /lofty place/ from which His power and 
blessings flow (vv. 4, 33).

Next, the Psalmist makes reference to how God’s people are “those which 
are bound with chains” and are in “the depths of the sea”, that is, they 
are held “captive” by their enemies (Psalm 68:6, 22; Eph. 4:8). Then he 
proceeds to explain how God will lead them from their humble “captivity” 
by /benevolently taking them captive /and bringing them back to the 
Promised Land where they will receive boundless riches and blessing (vv. 
9-13, 29-35; Eph. 4:8). When Israel receives this “salvation”, God’s 
enemies will “be scattered”, “flee”, “perish”, and be caused to “submit” 
because of their “trespasses” (vv. 1-2, 19-21, 30). Also, at this time, 
“spoil” gained from the conquest will be given to God’s Nation as an 
eternal reward. This is described by the phrase, “he gave gifts to 
men”**(vv. 12-13, 19-20, and 28-35).*^5 *
__________________________________________________________
^5 For further information with regard to how Paul quotes Psalm 68:18 
in Ephesians 4:7; see Appendix II.
Before moving on to Paul’s application of principles conveyed by this 
quotation, it should be noted the noun “gifts” (domata) in verse 8, is 
directly linked to the noun “gift” (doreas) in verse 7, since both are 
derived from the same Greek root found in the verb “didomi”, meaning /to 
give/. This verb is also used in both verses to introduce these two 
nouns, being rendered “was given” and “gave” respectively. This 
connection indicates the subject matter of /spiritual gifts/ introduced 
in verse 7, turns to a Psalm analogy in verse 8. Then, principles from 
this Old Testament reference are tied to Jesus Christ giving gifts to 
the Church in verses 9 through 11.

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creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To 
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
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