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Post  Admin on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 11:05 am

*Conduct Worthy of the Gospel *
*(Part 4 of 4)*
*By Gregg Bing*
*

Striving Together with One Mind

Paul wanted to hear that they were "with one mind, striving together for
the faith of the gospel." The expression "striving together" is from the
Greek word "sunathleo." The last part of this word, "athleo," is where
we get our word "athletics." It means to engage in an athletic contest
or to compete in public games, to contend for the prize. This
competition requires endurance, sometimes even pain and suffering. The
Christian life is not an easy life. Paul often uses the concept of
athletic competition to describe the Christian life. He speaks of it as
"running in a race" (1 Cor. 9:24-27), of engaging in a wrestling match
(Eph. 6:12), of "fighting the good fight" (1 Tim. 6:12).

The first part of the word "sunathleo" is the preposition "sun" which
means together with. Paul is stressing that, as believers, we are not in
this alone; we are to contend and compete together, as a team. To do so
effectively, we must have one mind. The word "mind" is actually the
Greek word for "soul." The soul speaks of our natural life (Gen. 2:7).
It is the seat of our emotions, our feelings, our passions. To
effectively strive together we need to have a real, shared passion for
the work.

What are we to be passionate about? What are we to strive and contend
together for? The faith of the gospel. As we have already seen, "the
faith" refers to the truth of God's Word that we put our faith in. We
live in a time when the Word of God in general, and the gospel of Jesus
Christ in particular, is constantly under attack. Satan opposes and
seeks to keep people away from God's Word (1 Tim. 1:18-20, Titus 1:9-11)
because he knows "it is the power of God unto salvation" to those who
hear and believe it (Rom. 1:16). This is why, as heavenly citizens, we
need to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all
delivered to the saints" (Jude 3).

We need individuals, and local churches who will stand firm and strive
together for this precious message with one soul, with a real passion
for the Lord, for His Word, and for reaching people with the gospel of
God's grace.

Suffering in the Same Conflict

As we take a stand and strive together for the faith, we will most
certainly find opposition. Satan and his ministers will take a stand
against us, speak out against us, persecute us, and seek to hinder us in
every way possible. Paul told the Philippians not to be "terrified" by
this prospect. The word "terrified" means to be frightened or scared; it
is also used to describe a horse being "startled." Paul is basically
saying, "Don't be surprised" and "Don't be scared" when you are faced
with persecution and suffering from your adversaries. "For to you it has
been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also
to suffer for His sake" (Phil. 1:29). The word "granted" is the Greek
word "charizomai" which is from the Greek word for "grace." It is been
"freely given" to us, by God's grace, not only to believe in Him (as
Savior and Lord), but also to "suffer for His sake." We don't often look
at suffering as a gift, particularly a gift from God, but this is
exactly what this verse teaches. It is a privilege to suffer for the
name of Christ, to experience sufferings on His behalf (John 15:18-25).
In Acts 5 we read of the twelve apostles being held by the Jewish
Sanhedrin for teaching and preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. After
the apostles were beaten, commanded not to speak any more in the name of
Jesus, and let go, "they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name"
(Acts 5:41).

As heavenly citizens, the way we respond to sufferings and opposition,
is an important part of our conduct. We must realize that "all those who
desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Tim.
3:12). The Philippians were facing the "same conflict" which they had
seen in Paul (when he was in Philippi, Acts 16), and now heard was in
Paul (as he was in prison in Rome). This same conflict rages on today as
Satan continues to oppose the truth of God's Word and the people of God
who proclaim it. As we face these sufferings that will come, let us not
be surprised, let us not be scared, but let us "be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might" (Eph. 6:10) and "be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 2:1).

May each of us take heed to this important directive from the Apostle
Paul: "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ." May we
stand fast in one spirit, striving together with one mind, one soul, for
the faith of the gospel, joyfully enduring the sufferings that we will
all face, knowing that, as we do, it all will redound to the glory of God.

*
**
*

The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep
you, where the arms of God cannot support you, where the riches of God
cannot supply your needs, where the power of God cannot endow you.
The will of God will never take you, where the Spirit of God cannot work
through you, where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, where the army of
God cannot protect you, where the hands of God cannot mold you.
The will of God will never take you, where the love of God cannot enfold
you, where the mercies of God cannot sustain you, where the peace of God
cannot calm your fears, where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you, where the comfort of God cannot dry
your tears, where the Word of God cannot feed you, where the miracles of
God cannot be done for you, where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Everything happens for a purpose.
We may not see the wisdom of it all NOW, but trust and believe
in the Lord that everything is for the best.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Conduct Worthy of the Gospel *
*(Part 3 of 4)*
*By Gregg Bing*

*

"Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that
whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs,
that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for
the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your
adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of
salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf
of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me."
(Phil. 1:27-30)

As believers in Christ, we are declared to be heavenly citizens (Phil.
3:20-21). While this citizenship affords us wonderful rights and
privileges, it also carries with it great responsibility as well. Though
citizens of heaven, we are left here on earth by God as "ambassadors for
Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20). We have been entrusted with the Word and ministry
of reconciliation, imploring the lost to be reconciled to God through
the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is important that we conduct
ourselves in a manner fitting that of heavenly citizens. Paul admonishes
us, "Only let your conduct (i.e. as citizens) be worthy of the gospel"
(Phil. 1:27).

We looked last month at the fact that the measure of "proper" conduct is
the gospel of Christ. Our conduct is to be "worthy" of the gospel, or,
more literally, to "balance" or have equal weight as this wonderful
gospel message entrusted to us; a gospel message that focuses on the
Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary; a
gospel message that is based on the grace of God; a gospel message that
is received by faith in God.

In this lesson, we want to look at three specific areas of the
believer's conduct that Paul stresses in Philippians 1:27-30.

Stand Fast in One Spirit

As believers it is important that we "stand fast." The expression means
to take a firm stand and then to keep one's standing, to persist, to be
unmoved. What are we to stand firm for, and why is it such an important
part of our conduct? Paul admonished the Galatian believers to "Stand
fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free" (Gal.
5:1). These saints had believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, been
saved by God's grace, and been freed from the law, the "yoke of bondage"
which held them in sin and death. Yet, they were allowing false teachers
to turn them away from this wonderful freedom to a system of religious
and legal works (Gal. 1:6-9). We see the same types of false teachers
today, seeking to keep men under the bondage of one legal system or
another, teaching that men must do "good works" to be saved. Thus, a
vital part of our conduct as heavenly citizens, is to stand fast in the
grace of God that saved us.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers and encouraged them to "stand
fast in the faith" (1 Cor. 16:13). The Corinthians were a spiritually
immature group of believers (1 Cor. 3:1-3). As a result, they were
carnal (fleshly minded), and their church was beset with a number of
serious problems: envy, strife, division, sexual immorality, marriage
problems, etc. The solution to all these problems is found in God's
Word. This is why Paul instructed them to "stand fast in the faith." The
expression "the faith" refers to the truth of God's Word which they had
believed. Once we are saved, we need to grow, and spiritual growth comes
through reading, studying, and living God's Word. The Corinthians did
not hold firm to the truth of the Word, and so they did not grow
spiritually. Sadly, this is a problem in many churches and in the lives
of more and more believers today. Paul warned Timothy that this would be
the case. "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will
depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of
demons" (1 Tim. 4:1). "For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have
itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will
turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (2
Tim. 4:3-4). Paul experienced this in his own life and ministry. "This
you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom
are Phygellus and Hermogenes" (2 Tim. 1:15). It's possible they turned
away from him because he was in prison, but more likely, they turned
away from him because of the message he was then proclaiming, the truth
of the mystery that God had entrusted to him for this present age of
grace (2 Tim. 1:13-14, Eph. 3:1-9). How we need believers today who will
take a faithful stand for the truth of God's Word, particularly for the
truth of the mystery committed to Paul. Paul instructed Timothy of the
need to "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from
me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:14).

Paul stressed that these believers in Philippi were to "stand fast in
one spirit." It was not just as individuals that they were to stand
fast, but as a local church as well. Certainly they were to take their
stand in the power of the Holy Spirit, but they were each to have the
same spirit, the same spiritual resolve in their stand for the Lord. A
local church that takes a firm stand for the Lord, for the truth of His
Word, and for the wonderful message of God's grace is one that can truly
be used of God to reach people for Christ and to enable believers to
grow and mature in the things of the Lord.

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Christ is our life (see Acts 17:28; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21;
Colossians 3:4). To become obsessed with anything other than Him is
idolatry, even if that other obsession is religious rules. Perhaps the
greatest danger in the American church is that we have lost our focus on
Jesus Christ and have been focusing more on "Christian values" which is
merely morality by another name.
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WALK BY FAITH*
** *
*Conduct Worthy of the Gospel *
*(Part 2 of 4)*
*By Gregg Bing*
*

Our conduct here on earth should be proper or fitting for heavenly
citizens, but how do we measure what is proper? Paul says that our
conduct is to be "worthy of the gospel." The word "worthy" is the Greek
word "axios." You can readily see the English words that derive from
this word: axis, axiom, axle, etc. Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the
New Testament defines the word as: "weighing, having weight, having the
weight of (weighing as much as) another thing, of like value, worth as
much." The picture we get is that of a scale that measures by placing
items of equal weight on each side. As heavenly citizens, our conduct
should have equal weight or value as "the gospel." That is, our conduct
should be fitting and proper in relation to the wonderful "gospel"
message that has been entrusted to us by our Lord (1 Thess 2:4). What a
glorious privilege is ours! Yet, what a tremendous responsibility is
laid upon us!

How can our conduct be "worthy" or balance with the gospel? Consider the
following three facts. First, our gospel is "the gospel of Christ" (Rom.
1:16); the "good news" that Christ died on the cross for our sins and
rose again (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Just as the focus of our message is Jesus
Christ, so the focus of our conduct should be as well. Paul told the
Philippians, "to me, to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). Paul's whole
purpose for living was Jesus Christ; that He might be given the
pre-eminence in Paul's life (Col. 1:18). Paul instructed the Colossian
saints to "walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him" (Col. 1:10).
Conduct worthy of the gospel is conduct that glorifies and honors the
Lord Jesus Christ and seeks to please Him in all things.

Second, our gospel is "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24); the
"good news" is that "by grace you have been saved through faith, and
that not of yourselves, it the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone
should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9). Colossians 2:6 tells us,

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him."

We received Christ Jesus all because of God's grace. Our salvation was
"not of ourselves" and "not of works," there is therefore nothing for us
to glory in; it was a wonderful gift from God. Conduct worthy of the
gospel is conduct that is dependent upon the grace of God for all our
needs (2 Cor. 9:8); conduct that, therefore, gives God all the glory and
boasts only in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).

Third, our gospel is a message of faith. Paul speaks in this very verse
(Phil. 1:27) of "the faith of the gospel." Salvation comes through faith
in Christ and His finished work on the cross for our sins. We trust in
Him and Him alone. We rely upon Him and His faithfulness toward us. This
is true in regard to our salvation, but it should also be true in regard
to our daily walk, or behavior. Conduct worthy of the gospel is conduct
lived by the faith of the Son of God and by our faith in Him (Gal.
2:20); conduct that trusts in Him in all situations (Prov. 3:5-6).

How important is this admonition to let our conduct be "worthy of the
gospel?" Paul prefixes this admonition with the word "only," a word that
emphasizes that as believers, our "only" concern, the single focus of
our lives, should be that our conduct is "worthy of the gospel." Is this
true in your life? I encourage you to carefully examine your own heart
and life and answer this question honestly, and then seek to ensure that
your conduct is, indeed, "worthy of the gospel" each and every day.

Next month we will look at three specific areas of the believer's
conduct that Paul was concerned with as mentioned in verses 27-30.

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Conduct Worthy of the Gospel *
*(Part 1 of 4)*
*By Gregg Bing*

*

The saints at Philippi were well acquainted with the concept of
citizenship. Philippi, named for Philip of Macedon, Alexander the
Great's father, was made a Roman colony by Caesar Augustus around 42
B.C. Roman citizenship was a valuable possession. Some, such as the
Apostle Paul, were fortunate enough to be born Roman citizens; others
paid large sums of money to purchase this valuable title (Acts 22:28).
Roman citizenship entitled a person to specific rights and privileges
that non-citizens could not claim. For example, after being wrongfully
imprisoned in Philippi, Paul announced he was a Roman citizen. Upon
hearing this, the city magistrates, were afraid, for they knew they had
violated his rights (Acts 16:37-38).

In his letter to these Philippian saints, Paul makes use of their
familiarity with the concept of Roman citizenship to teach them an
important spiritual truth.

"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)

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, our citizenship is in heaven. The
Philippians, though over 600 miles from Rome, still enjoyed all the
privileges of Roman citizenship. As believers we, too, enjoy all the
wonderful privileges of our heavenly citizenship, though we presently
live here on the earth. This world is not our home; heaven is. We are
merely strangers and pilgrims here on earth, living for and serving the
Lord as His "ambassadors" (2 Cor. 5:20) until He comes to take us home
to be with Him. The opportunity to be an "ambassador for Christ" is a
great privilege, but it is also a great responsibility.

An ambassador is sent to represent someone else. In our case, we are
here on earth to represent our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are
here to serve Him in "the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:18); to
share His message with the world, "the word of reconcilitation" (2 Cor.
5:19); to implore people, on His behalf, to "be reconciled to God" (2
Cor. 5:20). As ambassadors, our words are very important, for we are
presenting the truth of Christ to others, but our conduct, our behavior,
is equally important. Paul addresses the issue of our "conduct" as
heavenly citizens in the opening chapter of Philippians.

"Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that
whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs,
that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for
the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your
adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of
salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf
of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me."
(Phil. 1:27-30)

The word "conduct" ("conversation" in the KJV) is the Greek word
"politeuo" from which we get our English words: politics, political,
police, and the suffix -polis (i.e. metropolis, Indianapolis, etc.). The
word means "to be a citizen" or "to live as a citizen." Wuest, in his
Word Studies in the Greek New Testament, says it refers to "the duties
devolving upon a man as a member of a body" (i.e. as a citizen).

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WHAT GOD IS DOING TODAY*
* by Russell S. Miller*
*

"...For to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace"
(Eph.2:15).

It is a shame that so many in the Body of Christ do not see what it is
that God is doing today, in this dispensation of His grace committed to
Paul. The error of some is a failure to come unto perfection in the
Pauline revelation, for they labor under the so-called Great Commission.
Others go to extremes with agendas that are used of the devil to cause
"divisions" in the Church and "blind [even] the minds" (IICor.4:4) of
believers from knowing the truth. Consequently such teachings are used
by Satan to deceive both saint and sinner alike. Thus men walk in
darkness. When lies are substituted for truth, the devil gets a foothold
in the Church to wreak "havoc".

God, however, will not be mocked of men, for "the Judgment Seat of
Christ" (IICor.5:10) awaits those who make merchandise of "the Word of
God" (IICor.2:14- 17; Tit.3:10) and there shall be a great loss of
rewards (ICor.3:15). And when the devil "blinds the minds of them that
believe not", souls that could have been saved will be cast into hell
and the Lake of Fire at the "great white throne" judgment (Rev.20:11-15) .

In this endeavor to discover what it is that God is doing today, several
passages of Scripture come to mind. Along with Romans 16:25 and I
Corinthians 12:13 are two very similar verses in Paul's Epistle to the
Ephesians:

"Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so
making peace" (Eph.2:15).

"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" (Eph.3:9).

God is in the business of building the Body of Christ today, and He is
looking for "faithful" men and women in the ministry of the Gospel of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (ICor.4:1,2) . He appointed Paul, "the
Apostle of the Gentiles" (Rom.11:13), giving him the blueprints
(ICor.3:9-15) for the Church today. Paul and Timothy were faithful in
proclaiming "this Mystery among the Gentiles" (ICor.4:15-17) . Will you
"follow" in their footsteps or be drawn into an extreme teaching?
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* FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE*
* by C. R. Stam*
* *
*

"And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest
of these is love" (I Cor. 13:13).

St. Paul had been discussing, in I Cor. 13, some of the miraculous signs
that were to vanish away as God's revelation became complete. But
faith, hope and love, he declared, would abide as a triune evidence of
true Christianity.

These three are all we need in the present "dispensation of the grace of
God." Any church where faith, hope and love are found in abundant
measure is a "full" church. It may have but a few members, but what
greater blessing could it wish for than faith, hope and love in its
fellowship?

Faith, hope and love are a trinity often referred to in St.Paul's
epistles. Each is of basic importance in its way, and none can exist
without the other two.

Faith is of primary importance. "Without faith it is impossible to
please [God]" (Heb 11:6), and how can there be hope and love without faith?

Hope holds the central place among the three. Hope in the Bible is more
than a wish; it is the opposite of despair, an eager anticipation of
blessings to come. Hope is the Christian's experience, his living with
eternity's glory in view.

Love is the crowning virtue of the three; it is the fruit of faith and
hope, and is greatest in the sense that it is "the bond of perfectness. "
Moreover, love is eternal. Some day, for every true believer, "faith
will vanish into sight; hope be emptied in delight" and love will reign
supreme.

May God help us, in our fellowship with each other, to evidence a full
measure of faith, hope and love.

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WHAT GOD IS DOING TODAY*
* by Russell S. Miller*
*

"...For to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace"
(Eph.2:15).

It is a shame that so many in the Body of Christ do not see what it is
that God is doing today, in this dispensation of His grace committed to
Paul. The error of some is a failure to come unto perfection in the
Pauline revelation, for they labor under the so-called Great Commission.
Others go to extremes with agendas that are used of the devil to cause
"divisions" in the Church and "blind [even] the minds" (IICor.4:4) of
believers from knowing the truth. Consequently such teachings are used
by Satan to deceive both saint and sinner alike. Thus men walk in
darkness. When lies are substituted for truth, the devil gets a foothold
in the Church to wreak "havoc".

God, however, will not be mocked of men, for "the Judgment Seat of
Christ" (IICor.5:10) awaits those who make merchandise of "the Word of
God" (IICor.2:14- 17; Tit.3:10) and there shall be a great loss of
rewards (ICor.3:15). And when the devil "blinds the minds of them that
believe not", souls that could have been saved will be cast into hell
and the Lake of Fire at the "great white throne" judgment (Rev.20:11-15) .

In this endeavor to discover what it is that God is doing today, several
passages of Scripture come to mind. Along with Romans 16:25 and I
Corinthians 12:13 are two very similar verses in Paul's Epistle to the
Ephesians:

"Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so
making peace" (Eph.2:15).

"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" (Eph.3:9).

God is in the business of building the Body of Christ today, and He is
looking for "faithful" men and women in the ministry of the Gospel of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (ICor.4:1,2) . He appointed Paul, "the
Apostle of the Gentiles" (Rom.11:13), giving him the blueprints
(ICor.3:9-15) for the Church today. Paul and Timothy were faithful in
proclaiming "this Mystery among the Gentiles" (ICor.4:15-17) . Will you
"follow" in their footsteps or be drawn into an extreme teaching?

*God can do anything He wants to have done. *
*He doesn't want what you can do ...*
*Instead, He wants you. *
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*"THE WAY UP IS DOWN"*
*By M. Stanford*
*

"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ"(Phil.
3:7).

"Whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it"
(Lu.9:24). Once we learn this great paradox of the Lord, all will be
gain,our good, and His glory.

" 'Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace
given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches
of Christ' (Eph. 3:8). 'Unto me, who am less than the least.' In
spiritual learning we take degrees downward, not upward. as in ordinary
universities. It is a great temptation to those who serve to be arriving
at something above the common standard, but God gives out His best work
to 'less than the least.' His service wants depth, not height." --C.A.F.

"The test of genuine revelation is as to whether the one concerned is
manifestly well crucified to a desire for power, position, influence.Can
that one be resisted, assailed, thwarted, rejected, without in some form
seeking to come out even or on top? An element of personal domination or
self-vindication will spoil the outreach and discredit the servant. Oh,
the peril of getting hold of Divine Truth in order to use it!" -T.A-S.

"We are wounded in order that we may learn from the great Physician how
to bind up wounds and give aid. The Father visits us with trials in
order to teach us to carry the burdens of others. We ourselves must
first go to school before we can be teachers of others."

"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16).


O Glorious Lord, what a good reminder this is of the desperate condition
I was in when You justified me. I was not merely needy; I was
spiritually dead. I thank You for burying that old life with Jesus in
His tomb. I praise You for raising me with Christ to a new life. I
rejoice in the radical nature of Your saving grace. Lord, by the power
of the resurrection, lead me in the reality of newness of life, in Jesus
name, Amen.
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Post  Admin on Fri 15 Apr 2011, 4:00 pm

SOVEREIGN POWER*
*By Dick Johnson*

ROMANS 9:21
Hath not the potter power over the clay,
of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Most believers will profess that God is omnipotent (all
powerful--Revelatio n 1:8), omniscient (all knowing--Psalms 33:13-15),
omnipresent (everywhere present--Psalms 139:7,8), and immutable
(unchanging- -James 1:17.) However, our walk, our worship, and our
prayers often actually reveal our lack of under-standing or disbelief of
these sovereign attributes of God. Some-times we behave as if God is not
watching, or we worship God in a manner that glorifies us instead of
Him, or we pray as if we can sway God's thinking one way or the other or
even change His mind.

When God's sovereignty is examined, many believers go to great lengths
to prove that God's sovereign power and will are limited, especially in
the case of salvation. They conclude that our will controls our destiny
because a loving God could not save some and not others by His own
choosing. This attitude is rebuked in Romans 9:18-21 "Therefore hath He
mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He wiII He hardeneth. Thou
wilt say then unto me, Why doth He yet find fault" For who hath resisted
His wiII? Nay but, 0 man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall
the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why has thou made me thus?
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one
vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

God is sovereign in every respect. For a proper attitude of worship, we
should accept by faith the full measure of His Sovereignty, and believe
without doubt that God is using His almighty power to work out His plan
that He established in eternity past.

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JUSTIFIED WITHOUT A CAUSE*
* by C. R. Stam*

*
God tells us in His Word that believers are "justified freely by
His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24).
The word "freely," here, does not mean "without cost," but "without
cause." The same original word is so translated in John 15:25, where we
find the words of Christ: "They hated Me without a cause."

Thus sinners hated Christ "without a cause," yet God justifies sinners
"without a cause." How can this be? Let's see:

What had Christ done to earn the enmity of men? Nothing whatever. He had
been kind and good, had helped those in distress, had healed their sick,
had made the dumb to speak, the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and the
lame to leap for joy. Why, then, did they hate Him: The Bible says they
hated Him "without a cause, i.e., without any cause in Him. The cause of
their hatred lay in their own evil hearts.

But on the other hand, what have sinners done to merit justification
before God? Again the answer is: Nothing whatever. They have broken His
commandments every day, lying, stealing, and committing hundreds of
other sins. Yet in love God gave His Son to die for them on Calvary
"that He might be just and [at the same time] the Justifier of him that
believeth in Jesus" (Rom. 3:26). He loves and justifies believers
"without a cause", i.e., without any cause in them. The cause is to be
found in His own compassionate heart, for "GOD IS LOVE."

Thus those who trust in Christ, who died for our sins, are justified
without a cause, by God's grace, through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus.

"God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

"By this man is preached...the forgiveness of sins, and by Him all that
believe are justified from all things, from which He could not be
justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:38,39).


Dear Lord of light, I praise You for bringing me out of darkness into
Your gracious light. Grant me grace to proclaim Your excellencies. Shine
Your light into the hearts I hope to reach. Grant them the miracle of
resting and trusting you in your high calling of us, in the Lord Jesus
we pray. Amen.
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Post  Admin on Wed 13 Apr 2011, 11:28 am

ABOUNDING IN HOPE*
*DICK WARE, Pastor, *
*

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:13

To appreciate what the Apostle Paul is saying in our text, it will help
to get a grasp of the book of Romans as a unit. The theme of Romans is
"The Righteousness of God in Christ." This Righteousness is: needed by
sinful man (1:18-3:20); provided by God's grace (3:21-26); received by
faith alone (3:27-4:25); experienced in the soul (5:1-8:30);
all-inclusive and permanent (8:31-39); rejected by the nation Israel
(9-11); lived out in the believer's life (12:1-15:7); and proclaimed by
the Body of Christ (15:8-16:27) . Our verse (Romans 15:13) comes after
the nation of Israel has rejected "The Righteousness of God in Christ."

The context of chapter 15:7 and following shows that even in God's
dealing with Israel, it was God's desire "...that the Gentiles might
glorify God for His mercy..." (15:9). The Gentiles were to rejoice "with
His people" (15:10). However, with Israel rejecting Christ, the channel
of blessing became "clogged up." The Gentile nations stood in the
position of "having no hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians
2:12). I heard a man once say: ''The saddest word in our vocabulary is
'hopeless'" He also said these words "there is no hope for those who
enter here" ought to be hung over the gates of Hell.

In our context something tremendous is happening and is being proclaimed
to the Gentiles through the Apostle Paul: "Now may the God of hope fill
you with all Joy and peace in believing, that you may abound In hope -
by the power of the Holy Spirit!" This message is going forth according
to the message and the grace of God given to Paul, the Apostle to the
Gentiles (15:15,16). We now have our own hope in Christ! We are to
rejoice in it, abound in it, and proclaim it by the power of the Holy
Spirit!

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Post  Admin on Tue 12 Apr 2011, 11:44 am

*~A BETTER HOPE~*
*JEFF SEEKINS, Pastor, *

*

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7:19

Better is a comparative word and can hardly be used without comparing or
contrasting that which is inferior. Such is the case in this record to
the Hebrews. It constantly uses the word better in contrast. Thirteen of
the nineteen uses of this word in the New Testament are in this sense.

To really see the contrasts used and find what is better, the context is
essential. Though our assigned text is v. 19, the thought of the entire
chapter is in view, and at least v. 18 must be considered to get the
thought here. The NKJV and RSV both properly leave out the word did that
is italicized in KJV. They also accurately translate using the words on
the one hand to begin v.18, and on the other hand in v.19b to
demonstrate the contrast between the law and this better hope. For not
only was the law unable to produce such a high priest after the order of
Melchizedek, (v.16), it also failed to bring the hope of making men nigh
to God, (v.19). Being nigh is near, and speaks of a relationship with
God. This can only come through righteousness. Though the law itself was
righteous, it couldn't make men righteous as it brought condemnation to
man because of his sinfulness. It couldn't perfect because it was weak
in depending on the flesh, (Rom. 8:3).

So through contrast, the author pleads with the Hebrews through Hebrew
illustrations to recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as the source of the
better hope. He alone as the High Priest of the superior order brought
the prospect of salvation through the offering of Himself, (v. 27). He
alone provided access to God as Intercessor at God's right hand, (v.
25,26; 8:1). He alone is the Better and Only Hope.

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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Apr 2011, 12:53 pm

A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST *
*By Pastor Dick Ware*
*

Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5: 17

In Ephesians 2:15, the Church which is the "Body of Christ," is called
"one new man," and is a new creation. However, 2 Cor. 5:17 is not
referring to the "Body of Christ," but to individuals who become members
of it at salvation. The literal Greek is: "if anyone is in Christ, there
is a new creation." Ephesians 2:10 tells us, that being "created in
Christ Jesus," we become God's workmanship. The day we get saved, that
day becomes "the first day of the rest of our eternal life!"

Let us look at some of the "positional truths" of 2 Cor. 5:14-21: The
whole human race died with Christ (vs. 14); Everyone has become a new
creation "in Christ." The old life passed away, and God has given a new
one (vs. 17); God has reconciled us to Himself (vs. 18); God has
reconciled the world to Himself (vs. 19); God has committed to us a word
and ministry of reconciliation (vrs. 18, 19); We are the ambassadors of
Christ (vs. 20); and "in Christ", we "become the righteousness of God"
(vs. 21)!

Let us notice the "practical side" of these "positional truths": We
should view all members of the human race not according to the flesh,
but as sinners for whom Christ died (vrs. 14-16); We should recognize
that "in Christ", we are new creations, and there should be a clear
division between our old way of life, and our new life in Christ (vs.
17); We have a responsibility as the ambassadors of Christ, to speak in
His behalf the message of reconciliation to Adam's race (vrs. 19, 20);
the lost have a responsibility to receive God's reconciliation (vs. 20);
and we should live our new life for Him who died for us and rose from
the dead (vs. 15)!


*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK*
*
Christ's death on the cross included a sacrifice for all our sins, past,
present, and future. Every sin that you will ever commit has already
been paid for. All of our sins were future when Christ died two thousand
years ago. There is no sin that you will ever commit that has not
already been included in Christ's death.
----Erwin W. Lutzer
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UNSEARCHABLE RICHES *
*By Pastor Joel Finck*
*
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:8

As the Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys, his procedure
was to go fist into the synagogue of the Jews and reason with them out
of the Scriptures, "Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have
suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I
preach unto you, is Christ" (Acts 17:3). When the noble Bereans heard
Paul's preaching, they "searched the scriptures daily, whether those
things were so" (Acts 17:11). Of course, these were the Old Testament
Scriptures, for the New Testament was not yet written at that time.

However, God was in the process of giving further revelation to Paul,
and these new truths could not be traced back to the Old Testament. This
is why Paul calls them "the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph. 3:8).
The word "unsearchable" is a hunting term meaning, "unable to be tracked
or traced." This describes the nature of the great mystery revealed to
Paul for the Gentiles. It was hidden from ages and generations (Col.
1:26; Eph. 3:5), but now has been made known for all to see in the
epistles of Paul.

What are these unsearchable riches? They are too numerous to mention in
this short article, but they include the catching away (rapture) of the
Body of Christ (I Cor. 15:51), the joining of Jew and Gentile in one
body (Eph. 3:6), the unique Gentile program of God during the time of
Israel's blindness (Rom. 11:25) and many more blessed truths. These
things were simply not revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures; search and
see. But thank God they are now made known to the saints!
*
When we take time to read God's Word, Our heart is filled with pleasure;
So let's relate the truth we've heard- With others share the treasure.

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Post  Admin on Sat 09 Apr 2011, 11:34 am

PAUL AND THE NEW BIRTH*
* by C. R. Stam*

*
Pauline revelation leads us into glorious truths respecting both our
position and experience as believers. Indeed, the new birth itself, as
it takes place in the believer today, is directly related to the divine
baptism by which Christ and the believer are made one.

How was Christ made one with man kind? He was baptized into the human
race. He did not merely come to dwell with men. He became man. How? By
being born into the race. Was this by natural birth? No, by supernatural
birth. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit. But His baptism into the
human race did not end with His birth and life on earth. So fully did He
become one with man, that He even died man's death on the accursed tree.
He was baptized into death (Luke 12:50) and, as we now know, into our death.

And it is there, at the Cross, that we become one with Him. The moment
one looks in faith to Calvary, acknowledging: "He is no sinner; I am the
sinner. Christ is dying my death"; that moment he becomes one with
Christ; baptized into the crucified, risen Lord Himself (Rom. 6:3;
Gal.3:26,27) not only positionally, in the reckonings of God, but
exponentially, by the Spirit. And thus a new life is begotten.

By natural birth? No, by supernatural birth. Some hold that the Epistles
of Paul do not teach the new birth, but this is an error. His familiar
word teknon, generally translated simply "child" in our English Bibles,
means literally, "born one." And he uses this word with regard to our
spiritual relationship to God.

Furthermore, the Apostle teaches the very truth of the new birth in Tit.
3:5, where he says:

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of
the Holy Ghost."

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Philippians 4:19 *
*"But my God shall supply all your need*
*according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."*

*~OUR ASSURANCES UNDER GRACE~*
*

>From infancy, the mortal soul cries out for assurance The yearn-ing is
often satisfied by parent, pastor, patron or peer. But these are
frequently misguided and temporary consolations. But any assurance
received from God may be relied upon without reservation. Knowing that
we are impotent to generate our own motivations to the uttermost, we
find confidence in the assur- ance that "The love of Christ constraineth
us..." (2 Corinthians 5:14).

To the faithful, there is no restriction of encouragement and
fortification from on high. The apostle attests that to those saints who
prayerfully submit themselves to His watchcare and preservation, "the
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7), "And God is able to make
all grace abound toward you" (2 Corinthians 9:8).

But the most stimulating of all assurances is the affirmation of our
condition as members of the Body of Christ. "For in Him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily. AND YE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the
Head of all principality and power" (Colossians 9:10). In the light of
our heavenly position, the apostle exclaims, "If God be for us, who can
be against us?" (Romans 8:31). Close fellowship with God is the secret
to our enjoyment of maximum assurance. How true the words of the
prophet, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
Thee: because he trusteth in Thee" (Isaiah 26:3). "My God shall supply
all you need according to His riches in glory.."


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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
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Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.


*"May God, Whose grace is irresistible and *
*all sufficient, be glorified!" *

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