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Post  Admin on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 10:16 pm

THE APOSTASY  
PART 3 OF 3
by Dr. Harry Bultema

In my own mind,  I am fully convinced that this is part of the predicted Apostasy, which shall sweep everything before it, except those who are rooted and grounded in Christ. The apostle thought of this when he warned in Ephesians 6:13 to take on the panoply of God, that the saints may be able to "withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand." So strong will be the pressure from hell that even with the all-armor of God the believer can only withstand and stand in that evil day of apostasy. Certainly this age has always been evil, but that is not the question; at the end of this age there will be special evils, so we have been clearly taught.
 
The same apostasy is in view in I Timothy 4:1; "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron. " He has the same thing in mind in 6:20,21, where we read: "0 Timothy keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith" - "This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away" (2 Tim. 3:1-5). As Jannes and Jambres of old withstood Moses, so do these apostates withstand the truth. They are corrupt and reprobate concerning the faith. These apostates wax worse and worse. They will not endure sound doctrine. They turn their ears away from the truth and turn unto fables of Higher Criticism and Evolutionism, and all sorts of old wives fables. Thus, this apostasy has been clearly delineated in its rise, character, and result. As to its rise, it will be a movement away from the historic faith in the last days of this age, which synchronize with the last days of the Times of the Gentiles. As to its character, it will be anti christian; against the truth and against the ancient standards of morality, just as we see it in our day. The very foundations of our so called Christian society and civilization are shaking and subsiding. Many leaders have forsaken the Word, and as Jeremiah said of old, what wisdom is there left? As to its result, this apostasy will bring forth the Antichrist, and this dark some personality demands our attention next, and we shall see that the devil himself is the source, substance, sum and summation of it all. The Apostasy and the Antichrist shall come to their frightful climax. 

My dear friend, if I would ask you where you expect to spend your winter or summer vacation you would give me a candid reply, but if I ask you, in the name of the crucified, coming Christ, where you will spend your eternity, what will then your answer be? You are offered at this very moment the gift of salvation in Christ; will you receive it? If you refuse this gift you cannot escape the damnation of hell (Matt. 23:33). The door of God's grace and glory is wide open with an invitation to enter in. Oh, do not refuse the Savior, but receive Him now as the gift of God's love and then you shall rejoice, even when soon this world will be wrapped in the flames of judgment. Come as you are and come just now! 

 God is the great reality. His resources are available and endless.
     His promises are real and glorious, beyond our wildest dreams.
                       ----J. B. Phillips

    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:" 

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THE APOSTASY  
PART 2 OF 3
by Dr. Harry Bultema  
What is this Apostasy? 

I first want to state clearly what it is not. It is not the individual falling away of a believer or of many believers. Our life is hid with Christ in God, and from that treasure spot Satan and all hell can never dig it out. We read in fact that Christ Himself is our life (Col. 3:3-4), hence if our life were to be lost, our Christ would have to be forever lost, and this is utterly unthinkable. 

Second, this apostasy does not mean that the Church will fall in ruins. Many speak of the Church this way but this is unscriptural pessimism for the Church cannot be ruined, since it is the habitation of God in the Spirit.
 
Third, this apostasy does not lie in the past as e.g. in the persecution under the Caesars, or in the Constantinian lapse into proud ecclesiasticism, or into Popedom, or into the Mohammedan swerving from the truth, because Paul clearly has his eagle's eye on the future things of the end time.
 
Finally this apostasy must not be sought in the mighty bulwarks of heathendom or Buddhism, Brahmanism, or Shintoism, because the apostle is clearly thinking of the sphere of Christendom. This word has been so little understood because Evolutionism with its gospel of advancement and progress and Postmillennialism with its unscriptural optimism have done their share to close the eyes for this unpalatable truth of Scripture. Most Christians, if thinking of the future at all, think of it as a climax, a rising line to be culminated in a happy man made world. Have we not fought two world wars to make a bright and joyous and a war less world full of freedom and plenty? All this makes it hard even for the Bible believer to fully grasp the apostasy of which the apostle is here thinking.
 
The definite article shows that he is thinking of a definite and clearly revealed apostasy. The Scriptural idea is that before the Lord reveals Himself to Israel and the world, there will be an open rebellion against His truth. Ere the nations will fight Him in Armageddon, they will generally fight His truth on earth, and it is this general decline from and antipathy to His truth that is called The Apostasy. It is a hostile standing away from the truth by those who had it in the Bible, now translated in a thousand tongues. This Apostasy will be a "not obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ," by Jew and Gentile, a not receiving of the love for the truth. It is a most remarkable fact that in the last half century we see a parallel movement in Judaism and Christendom. The Jews have in the majority broken with Moses and the Prophets, and those who bear the name of Christ have completely swerved away from the truth of the Gospel, and both Jews and Gentiles now try to find each other in a bloodless humanitarian gospel of brotherhood!
 
“Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.” 
 
— Oswald Chambers 

    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:" 

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THE APOSTASY 
PART 1 OF 3
by Dr. Harry Bultema 

The Thessalonian letters were written first and placed last. Many in our day say: "This position is all wrong for since they were written first, they should be placed before all the other Epistles," but let us be careful and not monkey with God's Word. Whenever man in the realm of nature tries to alter God's order, things go wrong. If he dams the rivers, there are floods in other places; if he uproots the prairies and plows the forest lands, there are choking sandstorms as a result, and this is especially true of God's Word. Not only were the books crystallized into the one canon by a special providence, but every book was divinely put in the right order. Regarding Paul's letters, the mono- gram in Christ binds them all together, but with this bond of union there is, at the same time, a remarkable order and progress of thought.
 
Romans: in Christ justified by faith. 
I Corinthians: in Christ sanctified in church life. 
II Corinthians: in Christ fellowship in church life.
Galatians: in Christ crucified to the world and law.
Ephesians: in Christ seated and blessed in the heavenlies.
Philippians: in Christ satisfied and beautified with joy.
Colossians: in Christ, the Head, complete.
Thessalonians: in Christ glorified and triumphant. 

Now do you not see that you could not put the glory and the triumph, the victory and vindication of the believers first? Here was progressive revelation. High manifestations of truth as there may be in Romans, Ephesians, and Colossians, there is, nevertheless, an elevation of truth divinely revealed in Thessalonians which is still higher; the saints not only glorified in Christ but Christ glorified in His saints and to be admired by all believers in that day.

The apostle finds nothing to rebuke in this letter, except a wrong application of the second coming truth, just as we see this so often today. He starts this chapter with a prayer by the coming, parousia,

The Thessalonian saints had been shaken by a seducing spirit, acting through false words and even a falsified letter pretending to be from Paul as that the day of the Lord was present. (The unfortunate mistranslation: day of Christ at hand, has led to confusion.) Some thought that the terrible day of the Lord was actually present. He tells them that the awful day of the Lord could not come until there be first a falling away, an apostasy, the word he actually uses.


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. 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Nearly 5 centuries ago and German theologian and a former Johann Bugenhagen expressed it very succinctly: if you really know the Lord Jesus personally, then what you do not know does not really matter; but if you do not know the Lord Jesus personally, whatever you do know is worth nothing.

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

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-7
Part 3 of 3 
By Pastor Paul Sadler

THE PEACE OF GOD 
 
"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" (Phil. 4:5,6). 

These passages indicate tempers must have been flaring at the assembly and that some of the discussions had become heated. The word "moderation" in the original has the idea of being gentle, mild mannered, patient, etc. Paul's purpose in stating this was twofold. First, it would help defuse the volatile situation at the assembly if they simply were gentle and considerate of one another, so the problem could be dealt with in a Christ-like manner. If they would merely stop wanting to have their own way, it would help to resolve the issue.Second, the apostle didn't want to see this assembly tarnish its reputation before the world, which, up to this point in time had been commendable. This is why he states, "Let your gentleness be known unto all men." Once it is known that those Christians are fighting among themselves, the person and work of Christ is disregarded in the eyes of the world. 

Undoubtedly, there were believers in this assembly who were confused and anxious, not knowing what to do or where to turn for help. Paul knew that those who were directly involved in the skirmish were only thinking about defending themselves and had completely lost sight of how it was affecting those around them and the long-term ramifications to the Lord's work, not to mention the loss they were going to suffer at the Judgment Seat of Christ. For the sake of those who were victims of the circumstances Paul instructs them accordingly: 

"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." 

Essentially, the apostle is saying there is no need to become anxious or worry yourself sick over recent events---"the Lord is at hand." He is not saying the Lord's coming is at hand, instead the thought is,"the Lord is present." These believers were to realize the Lord was not far from any one of them. He is omnipresent---a present help in time of need! When a raging storm came up unexpectedly on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples thought it was time to pack their bags for eternity when the waves swept over the bow of the boat. But when the presence of the Lord appeared on deck the fears and worries of the disciples dissipated like the morning dew on a warm summer's day (Matt. 8:23-27). You see, Paul wanted those who were troubled at Philippi to know that the Lord was with them. 

Furthermore, Paul tells them to pray, pray without ceasing! But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." There is nothing too small, nothing too great, to lay before Him, as it has been said. The Lord is interested in every aspect of our lives. Many times we go to the Lord in prayer and simply pray about things in general. Supplication, on the other hand, is more specific; it is seeking the face of God for example, with a deep burden for the salvation shall receive of a particular lost soul. Both are to be offered with thanksgiving because we know "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye  KNOW  "The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7). 

Most understand this peace to be a tranquil life where they "lie down in  green pastures" and the Lord leads them "beside the still waters" as the Psalmist says. Paul, however, is speaking about the peace of God in the midst of times of trouble and turmoil. It is resting in the sovereignty of God, that He is in control of all things. Having this peace is looking beyond the tragedy, knowing that at that day all things are going to work out for our good and His glory. This is the peace of God that passes all understanding; it will guard your heart and give you peace of mind. 
 
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 fullness of Christ:" 

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-7
Part 2 of 3 
By Pastor Paul Sadler

AN EXHORTATION TO UNITY
 
"So stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord" (Phil.4:1,2).
 
It is noteworthy that Paul encouraged both of these women in regard to the issue at hand. He "urges Euodias" and he also "urges Syntyche" to stand fast and be of the same mind in the Lord. Usually when there is conflict in the local church such as we have here there are problems on both sides of the aisle. One normally raises a questionable issue while the other one's response to it is anything but Christ-like. This begins the descent into chaos, which oftentimes ends in a major division. Of course, Paul was hoping to head off a major crisis before it happened.
 
Paul's solution to the problem was to "stand fast in the Lord." Notice it does not say "stand fast for the Lord," but in Him. Euodias and Syntyche had been given a position in Christ; therefore, they were blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. They were accepted in the Beloved, forgiven, eternally secure---complete in Him! Whatever disagreements or shortcomings these two women may have had, they were one in Christ. The best remedy for any dispute within the local church is the acknowledgment of our oneness in Christ.
 
It has been said the local assembly is like a wagon wheel, the rim of the wheel representing the circumference of the faith in which all born again members are embraced and the members of the assembly representing the spokes in the wheel. Thus, when one spoke is broken or warped, the strength of the wheel is affected. We might say that the nearer the spokes are to the hub, the nearer they are to each other. Christ, of course, is the Hub, the center, soul, and bloodstream of all true Christianity and all true Christian unity. It is IN HIM that we solve our difficulties and find perfect harmony and unity.
 
You see, the apostle wanted Euodias and Syntyche to resolve their differences by being of "the same mind in the Lord." Rather than focusing on defending themselves, he wanted them to focus on the things of the Lord. In so doing, they would be reunited in a common goal to make all men see what is the fellowship of the Mystery. The end result would be the restoration of unity within the assembly. If, however,these two women refused to heed his counsel, Paul recruits the help of an intermediary. Sometimes it takes a third party, who is more objective, to give direction to those involved that have lost their spiritual compass. 

"And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel" (vs. 3).
 
We would suggest that the mediator here was probably Timothy, which he calls a "true yokefellow," one of many metaphors the apostle heaps on this dear brother ( Phil.2:22). The term "yokefellow" according to,Thayer has the idea of being united in a common relationship ---a colleague.  Paul refers to Timothy as his "own [i.e. true] son in the faith" (I Tim. 1:2). This term "true" is only used by the apostle when he referred to Timothy and Titus. As Paul was dictating this letter he most likely paused and turned to Timothy, who was being sent to Philippi, and said: "I implore thee, Timothy, true yokefellow, help these [Gr. autos] women who labored with me in the gospel."
 
Paul isn't instructing Timothy to give Euodias and Syntyche a helping hand in the work of the ministry to lighten their burden, but rather to help them be of the same mind in the Lord. He wanted his colleague to remind these sisters in the Lord of their position and oneness in Christ. Paul adds how there was a time when they had labored with him in the furtherance of the gospel. The term "labored" here is the same word translated "strive" in Philippians 1:27. In track and field events each athlete strives to do his part for the team. Paul's heart's desire was to rekindle that team spirit these women once had in the Lord's service. As the old saying goes, there is no "I" in team! 

In addition to Euodias and Syntyche, the apostle instructs Timothy to encourage "Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life." It could well be that Paul mentions these brethren in this context simply because they were disheartened over the circumstances at Philippi. Strife within the local assembly is enough to take the wind out of anyone's sails. A word of encouragement can go a long way in restoring one who has a broken spirit. While many brethren look for opportunities to criticize, it is far more honorable to be an "encourager." Paul was! No matter what the outcome at Philippi, he reminds them that their "names are in the book of life."
 
The Scriptures teach that from the foundation of the world every name has been recorded in the book of life. God has made reservations for all! Interestingly, the "book of the living" is a record of those who possess natural life, so when they die their name is removed (Psa.69:27,28), but there is an exception. Those who believe the gospel in their lifetime receive eternal life; therefore their names are sealed by the Holy Spirit on the basis of the finished work of Christ. With this in mind, the names of Euodias, Syntyche, Clement, and the other fellow laborers at Philippi are all permanently sealed in the book of life for time and eternity.
 
Little wonder then, that Paul says, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice" (Phil. 4:4). It is significant that we are to rejoice in the Lord, and with the above in mind, Paul adds, "again I say rejoice." As we saw in an earlier lesson, we are to rejoice in the great things He has done for us! You see, we are to rejoice that Christ loved us and gave Himself for us. Rejoice that we have redemption, even the forgiveness of our sins through His precious blood. We are to rejoice that we're justified freely by His grace. This is why the apostle places so much emphasis on this theme throughout the epistle Christ is the source of our joy! 

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:" 

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SCRIPTURES TO LIVE BY 
 Posted by: "PARIS" gracenthetruth
Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the 
sense of knowing that He wants to live His life through you. In other 
words He wants control of your life.

SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
[which is] your reasonable service.

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled 
(controlled) with the Spirit;

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I 
live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Rom. 8:17 We are joint-heirs with God
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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-7
Part 1 of 3 
By Pastor Paul Sadler
 

The story is told that during the American Civil War, when the rival armies were encamped on the opposite banks of the Potomac River, the Union's band played one of its patriotic tunes, and the Confederate musicians quickly struck up a melody dear to any Southerner's heart. Then one of the bands started to play "Home, Sweet Home." The musical competition ceased, and the musicians from the other army joined in. Soon voices from both sides of the river could be heard singing, "There is no place like home." 

In similar fashion, the members of the Body of Christ have a home, a home in heaven. While divisions have always plagued the Church, we all have a common destiny. So when Paul opens Philippians 4 with the term "there-fore," he is prefacing what he was about to say on the preceding passage where he established that we are citizens of heaven. He wanted the saints at Philippi to remember and remember well that they belonged to the Lord and were blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. Against this backdrop, the apostle is going to share with us how to effectively deal with a problem between two believers when a conflict arises within the local assembly. We might call this particular portion that is under consideration-Problem Solving 101! 

ISOLATING THE PROBLEM 
 
"Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord."  Phil. 4:1,2 

As we have seen, Paul hinted in the previous chapters that there was an underlying conflict at Philippi, but he now isolates the problem and names names. It involved two women in the assembly whose names were Euodias and Syntyche, often referred to by humorists as "Odious" and "Soon-touchy." These two women had worked closely with Paul in the furtherance of the gospel when the apostle first came to Philippi, but in the course of time they became archenemies. Of course, Paul's concern, and justifiably so, was that should this rift continue it could eventually divide the assembly and greatly hinder the cause of Christ, which is something God does not take lightly. 

Having observed these types of conflicts over the years in the local church, they usually begin between two dominant personalities in the assembly who are both leaders in their own right, or could be. The very thing that made them so effective in the Lord's service oftentimes becomes the very thing that ends up dividing them. Since the fall, disputes among the Lord's people have been all too common. For example: 

"And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath He not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it" (Num. 12:1,2).
 
According to this passage, the conflict between Moses and Miriam arose over his marriage to an Ethiopian woman. We are not told what happened to Moses' first wife, Zipporah, but one thing is certain, Miriam and Aaron weren't happy with this new union, at least that's how it appeared on the surface. During times of conflict, it's important to remember there is usually the "problem," and then there's the "real issue" underlying it! That's exactly what we have here. The problem was Miriam's displeasure with Moses' decision to take another wife, but the real issue was his authority. She was jealous that Moses was the Deliverer through whom God spoke!
 
"And the LORD heard it," and was displeased. As you continue to read the narrative, it is interesting that God by passes the smokescreen and deals directly with Miriam's rebellion. Under the law, questioning God's ordained spokesman had serious consequences, as Miriam found out when she became white as snow with leprosy for seven days (Num. 12:5-15).
 
As we pass from the law to the present age of Grace, conflicts between believers persist to this very day, due to the fact that we still possess a sin nature after we are saved. Needless to say, Satan is a master at bringing out the worst in us. And, sadly, some believers play right into his hand. Paul had seen this firsthand when he received the report that Euodias and Syntyche weren't seeing eye-to-eye. This portion of Scripture is a clinic in how to effectively deal with problems in the local church.
 
"Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord" (Phil. 4:1,2).
 
Imagine these ladies sitting there listening to Epaphroditus read this letter publicly and hearing their name read aloud. It would have undoubtedly gotten their undivided attention. It is noteworthy that the apostle didn't take sides. If he were to do so he would lose his objectivity. Of course, by not taking sides he ran the risk of getting shot at by both sides. But he was more than willing to take this friendly fire if it meant resolving the problem.
 
As Paul ministered the gospel he did so with impartiality, a lesson every spiritual leader is well served to remember. Notice how the apostle includes Euodias and Syntyche in his greeting to the assembly at Philippi. They, too. were "dearly beloved and longed for" and were also his "joy and crown." Those Paul had won to Christ were his joy and his crow of rejoicing, as he says in Thessalonians. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Lord will acknowledge Paul's labor of love in evangelizing the lost; they will be his, "crown of rejoicing." The same is, true of all those who have a love for lost souls.
 
"For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy" (I Thes 2:19,20). 

Like many of those at Thessalonica, Paul had personally brought Euodias (flagrant) and Syntyche (fortunate) to Christ when he first visited Philippi (Acts 16:12,13). These two women had faithfully served the Lord together for many years, but something came between them. Before we consider how Paul handled this problem, we first need to consider what the problem may have been. While we are not told the nature of the conflict, we can conclude it did not involve a dispute over a major doctrinal issue, simply because the apostle doesn't instruct the assembly to separate from one or both of these women, as he did with the church at Rome. 
 
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Rom. 16:17).
 
Nor was the problem of an immoral nature such as we witness at Corinth. In that case Paul instructed the Corinthians to put the offender out of the assembly until a time of repentance (l Cor. 5:1-7). Thankfully, this cannot be said of Euodias and Syntyche. The issue was probably over a secondary doctrine of the faith or jealousy. Perhaps one was preferred above the other or one of the two ladies received what the other one felt was unwarranted praise. Whatever the case, the quarrel was causing disunity within the assembly. Some were apparently already taking sides. The battle lines were drawn and reinforcements were being recruited to shore up the frontlines on each side. In all likelihood it was one of those cases where you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.

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2Co 5:16  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. 
2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
2Co 5:18  And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 
2Co 5:19  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. 
2Co 5:20  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. 
2Co 5:21  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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FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST,  AND TO DIE IS GAIN 
By Dale E. Price 


I eased myself down on the couch in our living room to prepare for my upcoming Sunday school class. Matt, our seven year old, curled up next to me as Joshua, our ten year old practiced at the piano. The crackling fire, the cat perched atop his climbing tree, and the dog at my feet completed the picture of a perfect family evening. I opened my Bible to the first chapter of Philippians anticipating Paul's refreshing perspective on life.
 
Matt became increasingly interested in my study and began to peer over my arm at the passage. I asked him to read verses twelve through eighteen. We talked about Paul's imprisonment and how God was in control of every circumstance. It was exciting to share how Paul had used the opportunity to minister to the palace guards and how his example stirred up the courage of the brethren. Josh, jealous for equal attention, migrated from the piano to the couch to be with us. I asked him to read verses nineteen through twenty-seven. We talked about Paul's perspective on life and death; his desire to be with the Lord and yet his desire to be of service to the Philippians. We saw how Paul saw death and the avenue into the presence of the Lord, a gain of incalculable value.
 
Little eyes were heavy now. The boys were tucked in and kissed good night after we closed our day in prayer. I returned to the living room to complete my study. My wife, weary from her heavy load as a student, had gone to bed early. Our home was comfortable, warm, and quiet on this wintry evening. As I sat down, Paul's words in verse twenty-one kept ringing in my mind. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." I meditated on the passage and evaluated my own mind and heart.
 
What is it for me to live? For Paul his life was inseparable from the life of Christ. His will was to do Christ's will. What Christ valued, Paul valued. The members of his body were the members of Christ's. I recalled Paul's second epistle to the Corinthians and his words that we who live should no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:15). Then my mind turned to Romans 12:1-2 and I found that because of God's manifold grace and mercy I am to present my body, my mind, my life as a living and holy sacrifice to God. This is how I am to worship Him. I am not to be conformed to this world but I am to be transformed by the renewing of my mind in order that I might prove that perfect will of God (Rom. 12:1-2). Was I truly yielded to His will?
 
I prayed, "Lord, transform and renew my mind. Cause me to yield to your perfect will and to allow you to possess all that I have, all that I am." 

I now considered the second half of that twenty-first verse, Philippians chapter one, "and to die is gain." Did I really desire heaven over this life? Did I see death as gain? I remembered a recent episode with Joshua. Josh suffers from allergy-induced asthma. As he struggled for breath late one evening, he gasped, "I wish I was dead." I was shocked and hurt. How could my son, surrounded by a loving family, experiencing a happy childhood, wish to be dead. Then I thought of what I teach week in and week out; heaven is a wonderful place; this life is full of trouble; when we are absent from this body we will be at home with the Lord and be physically seated with Him in the heavenlies. My son saw death as I taught it, as the door into the presence of the living God. What I thought was his death wish was really a wish for a release from the sufferings of this life and a longing for the inexpressable joy of life eternal. I should have rejoiced at the faith of this child. 

I prayed, "Lord, transform and renew my mind. Give me the faith of a child to see beyond the temporary securities of this life. Let me seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Cause me to set my mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Lord, give me your perspective on life that my hope might not rest on the things which are seen but on the things which are not seen.
 
The house was quiet as I moved off toward bed. I realized that God's Spirit must continually wage war with my flesh for control of my mind. Yet my spirit was at peace as I claimed His promise that He who had begun this good work in me would perfect it until the day of Christ (Phil. 1:6).
 
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Posted by: "PARIS" gracenthetruth
Worry implies that 
we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving 
enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. “ – Francis Chan

SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is 
no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in 
the power of God.

2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by 
the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with 
him by the power of God .....

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and 
of love, and of a sound mind.

2Co 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God.........
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"CEPHAS" AND PAUL'S GOSPEL"
  by Russell S. Miller
 

The name "Simon," and this phrase, "whose surname is called Peter," is found some six times in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. But "Cephas," this name, is found only in Paul's epistles, and John 1:42:

"...And when Jesus beheld him, He said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."

Having established that Peter's name was to be changed to Cephas, we can now consider the subject before us, "Cephas" and Paul's Gospel. Thus it is essential that we realize that when Paul speaks of Cephas in his epistle to the Galatians, he is actually referring to the Apostle Peter:

"And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision" (Gal.2:9).

This is most significant because, although our Lord had changed Peter's name to Cephas, he is referred to as "Simon Peter" some nineteen times in the Gospels. However, it is also interesting to note that the Apostle Paul refers to Peter as Cephas four times in First Corinthians (ICor.1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5). And these are the only passages where this name Cephas is found. But what's more interesting about the  gospel that Paul preached is that in the context of I Corinthians 15:3,4, the Apostle of the Circumcision, "Cephas" (ICor.15:5), had come to understand that salvation today is "through faith" in Christ's shed blood -- Romans 3:25; I Peter 1:18,19. In early Acts, Peter had only preached the resurrection of Christ to sit upon the throne of David's prophesied kingdom (Acts 2:25-31). He did not know what the crucifixion of Jesus Christ had accomplished (Luke 18:34). There he only knew that "by wicked hands [Israel] had crucified and slain" the Son of God (Acts 2:23). Even as late as his visit to see Cornelius in Acts 10, the Apostle Peter had not understood the preaching of the cross. It is through Paul's Gospel that Peter came to see what the finished work of Christ actually accomplished, and through this knowledge he became a stalwart for the truth. And this is why he is called Cephas in Paul's epistles, a "PILLAR" for the truth of God's Word "rightly divided."

According to the Apostle Paul then, Peter and all believers, Jews or Gentiles, are instructed to leave the so-called Great Commission with its repentance and water baptism, and come on unto "perfection" through the Pauline revelation (Hebrews 6:1,2). And having seen this, Peter obeyed, and gave to Paul and Barnabas "the right hands of fellowship" (Gal.2:9). Again Peter's own words later written in his first epistle:

"For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (I Peter 1:18,19).

Again, in the context of I Corinthians 15:3,4, Paul goes on to say: "Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed" (ICor.15:11). In Acts 15:7-11 Peter had declared that Jews are saved exactly the same way Gentiles are saved today. No longer does the law, nor repentance and water baptism save.

Would to God that all our Baptist friends would come to see the truth of the Mystery as Peter had. These are not the words of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:31, but Peter's own inspired words, to his own countrymen at that Jerusalem Council:

"BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THE GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WE SHALL BE SAVED, EVEN AS THEY" (Acts 15:11).

Paul not only "received" this Gospel from the Lord Jesus, but he also "delivered" that same Gospel, which he had "received" to the Corinthians.

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you... For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; And that He was buried, and that He ROSE AGAIN the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES" (ICor.15:3,4).

And this, beloved, is consistent with the Apostle Paul's words in Romans 16:25,26, that Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (ICor.15:3,4) was "according to his gospel, AND THE PREACHING OF JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH WAS KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN, But now is made manifest, AND BY THE SCRIPTURES OF THE PROPHETS, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to ALL NATIONS for the obedience of faith" (Rom.16:25,26).

This also explains how John 3:14-16 is so greatly used of God today. Peter and John had both come to see "the grace that was given" to the Apostle Paul in all the types and shadows of Calvary's cross (Gal.2:7-9; II Peter 3:15-18; I John 1:7).

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:14-16).
         
     Our Purpose and Mission

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

We read in in Ephesians. 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," and in Colossians 2:2 " That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment (epignosis) true knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ".

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 o help you on this journey just give us a call,  1 623 546 8866, Paris

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God's Course in Your Life
Part Three

Now we're not going through that time, but it's the exact same thing that we're learning from the Apostle Paul about what transforms our life. Where the Gentiles in Ephesians are living in the vanity of their mind, there's all uncleaness and greediness never being satisfied, living in vanity, in darkness, and it says, “but ye have not so learned Christ”. And it says in verse 21 of Ephesians 4, “ If so be that ye have heard him and had been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts.” God doesn't want you living like you were before you were saved, you are to put that off. But that's not the end of the Christian life, you just naturally know that you're supposed to put that off, but then (verse 24 tells you) to put on the new man. Well, you don't just immediately put on the new man, there's a verse between verse 22 and verse 24. Verse 22, you put off, verse 24 you put on, and what happens in between causes it to happen. Verse 23 says, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” You see, the way God begins to work spirituality in you is by your simply starting to learn about Jesus Christ; who he is, what he has done, what he is accomplishing. So you put off the old life as you're studying and learning about Christ, and as that verse says, you're “being taught by him”. When did Jesus Christ ever teach you anything? The answer is when he sent the Apostle Paul to tell you what he wants you to know. When you're reading those verses in Ephesians that is Jesus Christ teaching you what he wants you to know about him so you can be renewed in the spirit of your mind and then put on the new man, “which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

The new man is putting on what God has made you in Christ and as you're transformed by the renewing of your mind, it's not a phony and hypocritical action, it's righteousness and true holiness. Because what you're seeing is what God has made you in Christ and that is changing your life to such a point that you're not just acting righteous, you are becoming righteous. And you're not just looking like you're holy, it is God's holiness being produced in your life. Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus had made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That …. ” Let's look.

The law of sin and death works in our flesh, but what He did was send his Son into the world to condemn sin in the flesh. That is, all our failures that the law tells us to do and we fail to do; all that condemnation of our sin which showed us our failures, God sent his son into the world to condemn sin in the flesh ~ all the sinful actions we've ever done. He came and he took care of all those sins. Therefore it says, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” In other words, what he's telling us is once you see your failures, then look to see how God dealt with your failures through Jesus Christ, who came and took upon himself the sin and paid for the condemnation of sin, rose from the dead, that he might impart to us that Spirit of life so that the righteousness of the law might now be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit ~ that is, to have a spiritual walk. Something from the inside. And the way that is done is by first learning what Christ did. And that's how it's accomplished.

First Corinthians, Chapter 2:9, “As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” A lot of people quote this verse saying, we don't know what God has in store for us. But that's not what Paul is writing here because verse ten says, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” So what the eye hasn't seen, or the ear heard, the spirit of God has now revealed that we, through the eyes of faith, might know what God has given us in Christ. Now when it talks about the spirit giving us that information, remember that Paul is receiving revelation from Jesus Christ about what God has for us. So he says in verse 13, “Which things also we speak, not with the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” The Holy Spirit teaches us, doesn't he? God the father has taught us, Jesus Christ has taught us, and here Paul is saying the Holy Spirit teaches us.

Now I want to ask you a question to make sure you understand. How did God the Father teach us? Not in just how to love, but everything else? The answer is through Paul writing it down. How did Jesus Christ teach us Gentiles? He never walked around Gentile land. He sent Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, to tell us the things he wants us to know about Jesus Christ. And now how does the Spirit teach you and me? Do we just get a Bible and “God speaks to me in my heart and this is what I know about God” ? Well, if you look at that verse, it says that Paul teaches not with human words, but with the words the Holy Ghost teaches. You know what those are? Those are spiritual words. Those are the words that came from the Spirit of God and Paul says that the things that he is writing down are written so you might know the things God has given to us. Those are the words of the Holy Spirit teaching you the things that God wants you to know; comparing spiritual things, the truths that God has for us, with spiritual words. Words that came from the Holy Ghost. You know, this tells you that the Bible is the way God talks to you. And God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, is teaching you something. Your first spiritual development is not for you to get up and start going out and doing, but the first thing you want to do, if you want to know what your course is, is to learn what God has for you to learn. God wants to say something to you. And so, rather than you yakking with your mouth and running with your feet, and working with your hands, the first thing that needs to be done, is to be taught of God; the things that God wants you to know.

Now, because God used the Apostle Paul to go to the Gentiles, what he is saying to us is different than what he said to the nation of Israel. They're under the law, we're not under the law. Look at Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men”. Now that means that the grace of God in Paul's course (and we've studied that) was to take the message of God's grace and share it with the world. And we studied and saw that he did it. Therefore, he can write this verse and say “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men”. Now that tells me that before we can go on, we need to understand what the grace of God is, and what your salvation is. The grace of God is that you and I, as Gentiles, are dead two ways: 1) We're dead in trespasses and sins; and 2) we were dead another way, we were without God and without hope in the world ~ until God and his grace, because of the cross of Calvary, sent the Apostle Paul out to tell us Gentiles the good news of what Jesus Christ did on our behalf when we were afar off and dead in sins. When we were ungodly and we were sinners, the Bible says Christ died for us. He paid for our sins and became what the Bible says is the propitiation for our sins; the full satisfying payment. God the Father is fully satisfied that the payment Jesus Christ made on the cross, pays for ever last one of our sins; and that our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ receives for us God's gift of eternal life.

Now that's Paul's message of salvation that he took to all the world. And, it does more than that. Look at what it does when you learn that truth, it says, “for the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world.”

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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 Part Four
Now some people have the idea that if you tell someone that Jesus Christ totally paid 100% of their sins, (past, present and even future sins), and that his payment on the cross was so complete that at the very moment they trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, God gave to them eternal life, declared them righteous, and sealed them by the Holy Spirit (and thereby saving them forever), these people say that if you tell people that, those people will go out and live in sin. Now that's what people say. But, do you know what God says? He says that the message of the salvation of his grace that goes unto all men “…teaches us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world ”, verse 12. Grace never tells you it's OK to live continuously in sin. Grace shows you how unworthy you were and how powerless you were to save yourself in order that you would understand his great love and his grace in such a way, that you would not continue in sin; that grace touching your life would transform you so you would start living holy, and acceptably for him. That you would live, as it says here, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, … live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world.”

Now that first word, soberly. You're probably thinking of alcohol, aren't you? Forget that. There are people who live in a delusion of life, by the influence of the world on their mind. You know how Gentiles walked in past times? With the darkness that was in their heart, they had no knowledge of God, living in the vanity of their mind. If you're saved, and you understand God's grace, you've got something else working in your mind, don't you? You can live soberly. You'd have to be intoxicated with pride and sinful thoughts and vanity to think it's OK to live in sin. But when you're saved, and you realize God saved you, you can think soberly. Finally, the influence of the world is out of your mind, and you realize that's not what life is about. That's not why God saved me so I can live in sin. I was living in sin before he saved me. He saved me to make me something new in Christ. And for the first time you can think sensibly. And not only think sensibly, God can start beginning to work in you (the spirit of life in Christ Jesus) to make you that new man he created you to be in Christ. You can start thinking a new way and also living for a whole new hope (Titus 2:13) “… looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” That's what God saved you for. To make you a peculiar person. Different from the world. Zealous of good works in serving him. God's grace can make you think that way and transform your life.

So, grace doesn't teach you to live in sin, grace teaches you to transform your life. How does grace teach you that? I'll illustrate that two ways. Turn to 1 Corinthians, verse 6. Paul's dealing with the Corinthians. They weren't walking the way they ought to walk. And here's how grace can teach them how to walk the right way. Chapter 6:2, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” Now, he gives them some information, doesn't he? He's first of all declaring that the believers in Jesus Christ are saints, and says “don't you know that the saints will judge the world?” Well, based on that information, it says, “and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” In other words, he tells you what God saved you for which begins to work in your mind, saying, wait a minute, if God saved me for that, then I ought to be judging some affairs right now. He says in verse 3, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” Whoa, I'm going to judge angels? God in his grace has given me , and is going to use me to judge angels? Now once you know that truth, look at what the rest of the verse says, “how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Well, that'll sober you up quite fast, won't it? When you understand how God's going to use us, then you realize if he's going to use me in eternity that way, then I better start dealing with the affairs of this life a little differently. Verse 9, “ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived.” And he starts talking about the unrighteous people. But then you get down to verse 11, and it says, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.” You know what he's doing there? He's saying, look! the unrighteous, the sins that they do, they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Then he says, and you were that, but you're no longer that. You're washed, you're justified, you're sanctified in the name of Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God, not by anything you did, is it? Well, you know what he's doing in those verses? He's implying to you that if you've been washed, justified and sanctified in the name of Jesus Christ and by the spirit of our God, then you shouldn't be doing those things that the sinners are doing who are going to go to hell. When you learn that, you go Whoa, wait a minute, I'm different than that. I'm no longer that. That was the old me that I put off. What am I now? I'm washed, justified, sanctified (holy), in the name of Jesus Christ. When you know that about you, you know what it does? It transforms your life. It sobers you up. And it teaches you to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously and Godly.

He didn't say, live right and I'll save you. He says the sinners life is this way, they're going to hell, but I've saved you. The whole implication of this is, if I'm cleansed, then why would I live that way? Let me say to you, anytime you're in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, saying the wrong thing, does it ring in your head the understanding that this is the old you and God saved you from this? And, that's not what he saved you to do? And when you're doing those things, are you totally aware that this is a total denial of who God has made you in Christ; to such a point, that you wonder why you're living such hypocrisy? I am sanctified. I am justified. Why aren't I doing the things God would have me to do? Why aren't I going to places God would have me to go? I should be saying the things God wants me to say.

And that's what grace does, it transforms your life. Because you realize the hypocrisy and how that is not you. Because God has changed you by his grace. And when you understand that, then it changes your life. That's why verse 15 says this, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” That'll make you think twice about what you're going to do in this body, won't it? He didn't say, if you do right, I'll make you part of the body of Christ; he says you are part of the body of Christ. That's grace, I gave you that position. That should effect your life, they way you live. Verse 16, “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, sayest he, shall be one flesh.” If I'm the body of Christ, to be joined with sin shouldn't happen because knowing what God has made me in Christ would repel me from these things. Verse 19 says, “What? Know ye not that you're body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own.” But, God doesn't wait for you to clean up your life and then gives to you the Holy Spirit. God saved you by his grace and immediately gave you the Holy Spirit. And because the Holy Spirit of God lives in your body, your body is now the temple of the Holy Ghost. Just knowing that will transform your life. So you realize the whole purpose of the message today. You spiritual development is to just learn. To be taught first. And then, particularly, your maturity will come as you begin to understand more and more who you are in Christ.

Let's look at some verses. You'll notice that each one of these verses say you are something. These are written so you might know who you are and therefore should have an effect on your life. Ro 6:4 “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…” What's the implication? “Even so we should also walk in newness of life.” By the way, Paul doesn't say, go get baptized. What he writes to his readers is that you've been baptized. When? By the spirit of God you are placed into the body of Jesus Christ. That's being baptized into his death, his burial, and his resurrection. And the point of this is, if you will know that you have been buried with Christ in baptism and you understand that, then you understand that you've been raised unto a newness of life. Should you live the old sin any more? Should the old habits still rule your life? How many people would love to be able to go through life and realize, if only I could do it all over again. Isn't that what everybody wants? Do you realize when you're a believer, that's exactly what you get? When you become a believer , you become a new creature in Christ. And as a new creature in Christ, you've been buried with Christ in the baptism into death. You put away that old life and you have a whole brand new start in Jesus Christ. But you say, what if I flub up in my new start? Paul says, the outward man perishes, but the inward man is renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). Every day in Christ is a new day, an opportunity to live for him. You know what? You have to know God made you that in Christ in order to transform your mind for you to live in newness of life.

Romans 6:14-16 “For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace” What does this mean? That means you can now serve righteousness. We've already seen how you can be created in Christ, in righteousness

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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By Miles Stanford
  
 "Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead" (Rom. 6:13). 
     
Deliverance from the reign of sin, and liberty in the life of Christ, are set forth as a doctrinal unit in Romans Six, Seven and Eight. This area of truth has but one key---the Cross. This is the great master key to spiritual life and liberty. 
    
When we begin to comprehend Six, we know that our death in Christ unto sin was completed at Calvary. When we have been in Romans Seven for a time, we come to realize that we have been struggling to produce that which God has already accomplished for us in Christ. When we thereby come to Romans Eight, we know at last that the Holy Spirit will produce in our experience what God completed for us on the Cross and in Christ our Life.

"In Romans Six we see the foundation of our deliverance --- the fact that we died with Christ; and also the conditions of our deliverance --- that we reckon ourselves dead unto sin and yield to God as those that are alive from the dead. Romans Eight tells us the means and the method of our deliverance--- that it is through the blessed Holy Spirit alone that we are actually delivered in everyday life, from sin's reign; the moment we cease from all our own efforts and let Him do all the work, He will begin delivering us from the power of sin. How long it takes some of us to come to the end of our own efforts can be seen in Romans Seven!" . W.R.N.
 
"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:4). 
  
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God's Course in Your Life
Part One

The number one priority of God's course in your life is your spiritual 
development. People sometimes believe they have to get busy for God, 
straighten up their life, get their act together and all this type of 
thing because they think once you become a Christian these are the kind 
of things you do. But that's not the number one priority. The number one 
priority is your spiritual development.

There are so many ways to look at this, and it could be a study all in 
itself as to how God works in our life and how spirituality is 
developed. We could talk about what it means to walk after the spirit, 
what it means to be spirit filled, what it means to be adult sons of God 
rather than children, which is one of the terms Paul uses to explain our 
Christian walk today. And, there are different ways to talk about this. 
For example, we could talk about transformation, but the way I want to 
do this is to simply look at our spiritual development and begin to 
understand that our spiritual development begins by being taught, 
because our spiritual development matures as we learn who we are in 
Christ. And, lastly, this spiritual development is an inner 
transformation and not an external confirmation or compliance.

Romans Chapter 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which 
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from 
the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was 
weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That 
therighteous- ness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not 
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.†Continuing down through Romans, 
Chapter 8, at least in this first introductory section here, the 
scriptures are talking about walking after the spirit. There is a 
contrast made between walking after the spirit and what the law was 
doing in our life. I want you to understand that the law was the way 
that God was working on people, not in people.

The law was an external set of rules that were given to the nation of 
Israel. It was actually a covenant given to them; if they would do these 
certain laws, God was going to benefit them in special ways above all 
the other nations. And so, the law was an external means wherein God 
dealt with the nation of Israel requiring their obedience. But if you 
study the Bible, you find out that Israel never kept the law. They 
couldn't keep the law.

Look closely in verse two, For the law of the spirit of life in Christ 
Jesus  Now you might not understand that phrase, but there is a spirit 
of life in Christ Jesus that we have today. And the verse continues 
“…has set me free from the law of sin and death .†There is a natural 
law, you might say, a spirit of life given to us by God which has freed 
us from another natural law called the law of sin and death.

As you read Romans Chapter 7, the law works on our members, our flesh, 
and tries to tell us how to live and what God expects out of us. But the 
problem is, our flesh is sinful and won't do what God wants it to do. So 
this natural law works in our members causing us to sin. However, 
there's a supernatural law wherein God has super ceded the natural law 
which he gives to us through his Holy Spirit through the death, burial 
and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of life in Christ 
Jesus.

That's the difference between inside and outside. Verse three says this, 
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, 
God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, 
condemned sin in the flesh.†Again, “For what the law could not do, in 
that it was weak through the flesh...†What I'm trying empathize to you 
is that our first priority and the first means by which we develop 
spiritually, is that we simply need to be taught some things. When 
people get saved, or they come into a church, they start thinking, “O.K. 
what's my course in life?†They think they haven't been living right so 
they feel they need to get their act together. Mostly they say they need 
to stop sinning ~ not because they've been taught that of God (though 
God will teach you that), but because when they come around a group of 
people who are believers, or they come into a church, they're going hear 
that they must stop sinning. So they think they need to get their act 
together mostly because other believers and the preacher say so. Well, 
that's the wrong reason.

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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God's Course in Your Life
Part Two
Then, another person says: I need to get busy working for God, I need to straighten out my life and start walking the straight and narrow and start acting like a Christian. Which to them would mean, I need to start joining, first by joining a church, paying the tithe, volunteering my time to do all the different things around the church. And somehow they think that's their course in life to start doing these things. That's not at all what God would have us to do, that is actually fulfilling the law because what you're doing is you're acting things out. You're acting like a Christian. It's not a transformation that's taking place from the Spirit of God within you, it's something you're doing to be shaped like a congregation. Now, every congregation has a personality and attitude and an influence in your life, but if you just mold to that influence you're going to think you're walking the way God would have you to walk, and you're not living the Christian life. All you are doing is conforming to the group of people who are surrounding you and you're going through an action, and it's not a transformation in your life. God wants to work in your life and he wants a spiritual development, one that's going to work on the inside of your life to work out.

If you just simply have the forces of other people around you shaping you and telling you what to do and that's why you are who you are, and why you do the things that you do, then you're actually just living under a performance system. You're living under a law. And when you read this Bible, you find out first of all, that you'll never succeed, because no one has ever fulfilled the law. You'll just act like you're succeeding. You'll hide your sins. You'll hide your failures and you'll just look like you're doing better when you're really not. The law is really a means of controlling the flesh and it will always fail. It's called the condemnation, (the law brings condemnation) and that's what you'll have working in your life because other people won't see it, but you'll know your failure. You'll be walking around in condemnation and allowing sin to reign in your life because when the law fails, sin is on the throne and sin is working death. So the whole point is this: You want a spiritual development going on in your life and the way that it happens is by you simply being taught. When I say being taught, I don't mean by me telling you how to be spiritual, I mean your being taught of God. The things God would have you to know and, as you listen to what God's word has to say, and as you learn about your position in Jesus Christ, it will have a transforming effect on your life and the results will be true godliness and holiness.

Now, some interesting things. Come to I Thessalonians 4:9, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: For ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” In this verse the Apostle is to talking to the Thessalonians and if you back up in the chapter you'll read about the different instructions that he's given to them, but when he comes to that area of brotherly love, he says, “I need not to write unto you” because “ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another”. I think you would understand this when you understand 1 st John which tells us that God is love. Someone who knows God, knows what love is. But if you know not God, you don't know love and vice versa. Just the very fact that you would know God (in the way he has revealed himself to us), you don't have to be taught to love your brother. You already know to love one another. When you consider what Paul is saying in this verse, you can see that God does teach you.

Romans 5 says that his spirit is shed abroad in our hearts crying, Abba, Father. And because of that relationship of God in you, you're immediately taught of God to love one another. But this verse says something else you need to consider. It says, “as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you”. How about the others things in your life? Concerning brotherly love, does Paul have to tell you to love your brother? No, but this also implies that there are a lot of other things Paul had to write about to teach you what God wants you to know. So you see in the context God does teach you, but there are other things that are to be taught to you by the pen of the Apostle Paul which is very important.

Come to Ephesians 4:17, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.” Now, we're Gentiles and Paul is writing to us, but when we get saved, we're no longer Gentiles. We become a member of the Body of Christ, so he's telling us now that we're saved, and belong to Christ, don't walk like other Gentiles; that is, Gentiles who aren't in Christ but are still in the flesh and living their lives the way they do without knowing the Lord. We're not to live our life like an unsaved person does. The way an unsaved person lives his life is told to us in verse 17; he lives in the vanity of his mind. He has a vain, empty understanding in his mind about the things of God so he lives without any association with God. He lives, as we would say, the best he knows how, which is vain and empty. He's going to live in the flesh ( and in the members of our flesh is sin), so he's going to live sinfully. He's going to live apart from the will of God and apart from the knowledge of God.

You and I don't have to live our lives that way. In verse 18, concerning those Gentiles who 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.” Do you realize their lives and the things that they do, their “course in life” so to speak, is one of being alienated from the life of God? The course of their life is not God's life in them. The course of their lives is separated from the life of God and it is through the ignorance that is in them. And the ignorance is there because of the blindness of their heart. They don't want to know the things of God. Therefore, the things of God are darkness to them. And so they live in the vanity of their minds and they live a life totally separated from the life of God. Their lives have nothing to do with God's purpose for them in life. It says in verse 19, when you're that way, there's no end to what degree of sin a person could go. “Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness.” A person who has no mind of the things of God, is alienated from the life of God, and there is no end to the sins they will get into. They will work what kind of uncleanness? ALL uncleanliness.

Sometimes you hear about debauchery and sin (the Bible uses the word lasciviousness, unbridled lust) such that you can't imagine what people get involved in. But a person who's life is apart from God, and in the vanity of their mind, the greediness of their flesh, and the desiring of satisfaction and fulfillment in sinful ways, there's no end to what they will do. But verse 20 says something, and it's the key to everything we're saying here today, “But ye have not so learned Christ.” We who are saved don't live our lives like they live their lives, why? Because we've learned something, haven't we? Now that's a strange phrase. Let me read you a phrase that I've thought about, and I don't totally understand it, though I've always found it to be a blessing. It's in Matthew , Chapter, 11, where the nation of Israel rejected Jesus Christ. It says in verse 28, “Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The nation of Israel in rejecting Jesus Christ is going to face a time of tribulation that's going to come on this world. In studying the book of Hebrews we learn all about Jesus Christ… His accomplishments upon the cross, what He has done in behalf of the nation of Israel. Since he's going to work for them, he's saying my yoke is easy; my burden is light. Therefore, learn of me. As you read the book of Hebrews (12:2) as they're facing the tribulation, it says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The way that the nation of Israel is going to go through a time of tribulation, according to these verses, is that they're going to come to Christ and they're just going to learn of him. And the more they learn of him, the more they're going to be equipped to face unparalleled times ~ a time of trouble like this world has never seen before. Why? Because they've learned something about Jesus Christ that changed their life.

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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God's Course in Your Life
Part One

The number one priority of God's course in your life is your spiritual development. People sometimes believe they have to get busy for God, straighten up their life, get their act together and all this type of thing because they think once you become a Christian these are the kind of things you do. But that's not the number one priority. The number one priority is your spiritual development.

There are so many ways to look at this, and it could be a study all in itself as to how God works in our life and how spirituality is developed. We could talk about what it means to walk after the spirit, what it means to be spirit filled, what it means to be adult sons of God rather than children, which is one of the terms Paul uses to explain our Christian walk today. And, there are different ways to talk about this. For example, we could talk about transformation, but the way I want to do this is to simply look at our spiritual development and begin to understand that our spiritual development begins by being taught, because our spiritual development matures as we learn who we are in Christ. And, lastly, this spiritual development is an inner transformation and not an external confirmation or compliance.

Romans Chapter 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of 
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteous- ness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Continuing down through Romans, Chapter 8, at least in this first introductory section here, the scriptures are talking  about walking after the spirit. There is a contrast made between walking after the spirit and what the law was doing in our life. I want you to understand that the law was the way that God was working on people, not in people.

The law was an external set of rules that were given to the nation of Israel. It was actually a covenant given to them; if they would do these certain laws, God was going to benefit them in special ways above all the other nations. And so, the law was an external means wherein God dealt with the nation of Israel requiring their obedience. But if you study the Bible, you find out that Israel never kept the law. They couldn't keep the law.

Look closely in verse two, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus …” Now you might not understand that phrase, but there is a spirit of life in Christ Jesus that we have today. And the verse continues “…has set me free from the law of sin and death .” There is a natural law, you might say, a spirit of life given to us by God which has freed us from another natural law called the law of sin and death.

As you read Romans Chapter 7, the law works on our members, our flesh, and tries to tell us how to live and what God expects out of us. But the problem is, our flesh is sinful and won't do what God wants it to do. So this natural law works in our members causing us to sin. However, there's a supernatural law wherein God has super ceded the natural law which he gives to us through his Holy Spirit through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

That's the difference between inside and outside. Verse three says this, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Again, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh...” What I'm trying empathize to you is that our first priority and the first means by which we develop spiritually, is that we simply need to be taught some things. When people get saved, or they come into a church, they start thinking, “O.K. what's my course in life?” They think they haven't been living right so they feel they need to get their act together. Mostly they say they need to stop sinning ~ not because they've been taught that of God (though God will teach you that), but because when they come around a group of people who are believers, or they come into a church, they're going hear that they must stop sinning. So they think they need to get their act together mostly because other believers and the preacher say so. Well, that's the wrong reason.


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:


WHAT DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER 
Part 2 of 2
By Evangelist S. Lee Homoki
Hebrews 9:27


COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN


Death for the believer means (1) That there will never be any more condemnation for them (Rom. 8: 1). According to Hebrews 9:27, man is faced with two appointments: death and judgment. Romans 8:1 tells us that the appointment with judgment has been canceled. 

It is true that believers will yet face a judgment for rewards (2 Cor. 5: 10), but never will our salvation again be in jeopardy because the Lord Jesus Christ was judged and condemned in our place (Rom. 4:23-25; Gal. 3:13; Col. 2:13-14). (2) That they will immediately be ushered into the presence of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; I Thess. 4:17). The key word to help us appreciate this is the word "home." Who is afraid to go home? Paul says he's at "home" in the body but would rather, willingly, be "at home with the Lord."  The believer is perfectly correct in referring to the death of a saint as a "home going." (3) That they will never again know any more pain, sorrow, tears or death because "the former things are passed away" (Rom. 8:18-23; Rev. 21:4).

How wonderfully comforting this promise must be for those who must daily suffer from emotional, mental and physical pain. (4) That we receive our eternal inheritance (Rom. 8:17; Col. 1:2; I Pet. 1:4). Death does not destroy our inheritance. Here on this earth all of our treasures are subject to corruption (Matt. 6:20). These things are "seen as temporal," but thank God, there are unseen treasures that are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). 

The death of Christ and our identification with Him is assurance of an eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15). The Holy Spirit is our down payment on this inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14). (5) That they will have a new home. We have already pointed out that wherever the Lord is, according to Paul, that is home. We are convinced that while Revelation 21 and 22 describes the eternal glories of the New Heaven and the New Earth, I believe that the new, eternal home for the Body of Christ in the heavenlies is beyond description - not even described in the Bible! When that "man" of 2 Cor.12:1-5 was "caught up into paradise," he heard and saw things that could not be described. Paul said, "of such a one will I glory." Oh, how beautiful our heavenly home must be! Perfect! Prepared by God and can't be improved upon! (6) That they await a glorious resurrection. 

Paul says that he will be glad to trade in his old earthly tabernacle "for a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Cor. 5: 1-3). It will be a glorified,  resurrected body "fashioned like unto His glorious body according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself" (Phil. 3:21). (7) That they will be a part of a family reunion. The great, wonderful Body of Christ Family will be "caught up together," a reunion in the air (I Thess. 4: 17)! The songwriter has correctly written:



"There's going to be meeting in the air,
In the sweet, sweet bye and bye.
I will meet you, meet you, meet you there,
In that home beyond the sky.
Such singing you will hear never heard by mortal ear, 
Twill be glorious I do declare!
For God's own Son will be the leading One
At that meeting in the air."

Praise God!


Dear Friend, do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? If not, why not take your place before Him as a ~Daily Inspirational~    ~ WHAT DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER~ #2  sinner? Sit in the sinner's seat. Acknowledge your need for a Saviour. Cast aside all other confidences and put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross for your salvation. Tell Christ that you now believe on Him. Do it today

      
     Our Purpose and Mission

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

We read in in Ephesians. 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," and in Colossians 2:2 " That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment (epignosis) true knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ".

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:" 

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WHAT DEATH MEANS TO THE BELIEVER 
By Evangelist S. Lee Homoki
Hebrews 9:27
Part 1 of 2

Death is a fact of life. Having lived, given time, we all must die! The Apostle Paul said that "death worketh in us" and that "our outward man perisheth " (2 Cor. 4: 10-18). All men give a great deal of time and discussion to the subject of death and yet it remains veiled in mystery. We have all witnessed, or read about, some tragic death and pondered its mystery. For me, I have always questioned: "Did they know Christ as their Saviour?" "Why did this happen"?

In this life, God gives to every person good gifts. God is the world's greatest giver (Jas. 1:17). He is an especially generous giver to all those who believe Him, giving salvation to all that "call upon the name of the Lord" (Rom. 10:12-13; 6:23; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:15). God says to us through the death of a loved one: "In this life you gain many things and you lose many things. In this life you have loved ones and you lose loved ones. I gave you the loved ones and I have taken them away, but I am still here!" This is one of the reasons why Paul said to the believers who remain "that we sorrow not as those who have no hope, " and that we are to "comfort one another with these words." God is still here and will bring those who are dead in Christ with Him (I Thess. 4:13-18).


CONFIDENCE FOR THOSE WHO DIE

Paul must have solved some of this mystery that surrounds death because he was able to exhibit the same preparedness for dying as he did for living and serving (Rom. 1:15; I Cor. 9:16-18 cf. Acts 21:13; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). This is surely the reason why Paul could say that to "depart and be with Christ" was "far better" than living (Phil. 1:20-23).

Paul was ready because he knew: (1) that life is fragile and fleeting (2 Tim. 1:14; Jas. 4:13-15; I Pet. 1:14). Like David, he could say, "there is but a step between me and death" (I Sam. 20:3). Our life hangs by a very thin thread (Eccl. 12:6). (2) That the issues of life and death are in God's hands. Job understood this when he lost seven sons and three daughters in one day. He said, "The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job. 1:21 cf. Matt. 6:25-30). (3) That God's warnings must be heeded, or pay the consequences. The warning of the Prophet Amos to the sinful nation of Israel, "to prepare to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12), is a warning to all men of all dispensations that "God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption" (Gal. 6:7-8 cf. 2 Thess. 1:5-10). The message is clear that unless a man makes preparation to be properly adjusted to a holy God, this will surely be a fearful day of reckoning (Rom. 2:5-10; Heb. 10:27-31). (4) That he had made the only decision that could prepare him for death. That decision was to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 16:31).

It only stands to reason that if a person is spiritually prepared to die, that when it comes time for death, they will face death differently than the person who has made no preparation. It is encouraging to note that when it was "time for his departure, " the Apostle Paul had no regrets, having "fought a good fight, finished his course and kept the faith," he exhibits great confidence that God will give him a "crown of righteousness" in the not-too-distant future (2 Tim. 4:6-8). In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul describes himself as a runner consumed with only one ambition and that is to win the prize for which God had called him heavenward. And in 2 Corinthians 15:55-57, Paul thanks God for victory over the sting of death. Death is not a defeat for the believer: it is the final victory. Those who die and go to Heaven can laugh and shout: "I Won! I Won! I won through Jesus Christ my Lord!"

God sees something about the death of the believer that is hidden to us, at least we do not see it clearly (Rom. 8:18; I Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 5:7). Whatever that something is, God says that it is "precious in His sight" (Ps. 116:15). The Lord Jesus Christ is said to have "Abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:10). Furthermore, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the mighty conqueror, encourages our hearts by declaring: "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen; and have the keys of Hell and death" (Rev. 1:18).

The believer, through the Word of God, accumulates more and more confidence about the true nature of death. His worst fears are found to be foundation less as he grows in grace and draws closer and closer to what the Bible calls his "long home" (Eccl. 12:5). The believer even discovers that his death is redefined as nothing more than a harmless "sleep" (Jn. 11:11-14; I Thess. 4:13-14).
         
     Our Purpose and Mission 

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

We read in in Ephesians. 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," and in Colossians 2:2 " That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment (epignosis) true knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ".

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:" 

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The Fullness of Christ
By Gregg Bing

The Holy Spirit led Paul to write the letter to the Colossians to correct false teaching that was circulating at that time about Jesus Christ. Paul's response to these heresies is as timely today as it was in the first century. Paul didn't identify these heretical groups by name. Instead, he responded to their false doctrines with positive teaching about the fullness found in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul's letter primarily addresses two key truths about Jesus Christ which the false teachers denied: 1)The superiority of His person; they refused to acknowledge the deity of Jesus Christ. 2) The sufficiency of His finished work on Calvary to save men from their sins; they rejected the idea that salvation is "by grace through faith" in Christ alone.

In the center of this book, we find the theme of Colossians summed up in two short, but powerful verses of Scripture:

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power." (Colossians 2:9-10)

Do you truly know who you are "in Christ"? if not continue reading;

Now, whether you prayed for salvation just now or in the past, praying an  "identification prayer" may help you to experience Christ's life of victory and peace. Before this prayer can be effective, you must be truly sick of your self-life; you must be under conviction by the Holy Spirit of trying to live the Christian life in your own strength, and you must be ready to give up control of your life. If this is your condition, pray in this manner.

"Father, thank you for forgiving my sins and taking me out of the life of Adam and grafting me into the life of Christ. Now that I am "in Christ", I believe that I was crucified with Him, buried with Him, raised with Him and that I am seated with Him at your right hand. From this moment on, I choose to have your son, Jesus Christ, live His life in me and through me. I consider myself dead to sin and alive to you, and I am counting on the Holy Spirit to make me aware when I forget my death with Christ and try to live His life for Him in my own human wisdom and energy. I choose to yield my total being to you as an instrument of righteousness, allowing no part of me to be used for sin. Thank you for making Christ and his life real to me. Glorify yourself through me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen,"

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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"Wherefore Then Serveth the Law?"
By Ike T. Sidebottom

The law was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made" (Gal. 3:19). Verses 17 and 18 of this same chapter explain that the law was added to the Abrahamic Covenant "four hundred and thirty years" after the confirmation of God's promise to Abraham, and it continued to the coming of the "Seed," which was promised to him. It is also clear that the law, which was added, "cannot disannul" the promises of God to Abraham.

The added law covenant was to be in force "till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made." "Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy Seed, which is Christ" (vs. 16). This explains why "Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers" (Rom. 15:8). "All the promises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us" (2 Cor. 1:20).

The "transgressions" which made the law necessary were taken away by the One who "was numbered with the transgressors" on the cross of Calvary. Thus He became "the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth" (Rom. 10:4).

The Limits of the Law

The law is limited to a specified period of time, which began exactly four hundred and thirty years after the covenant of promise with Abraham and which ended when Christ shed His "blood of the New Testament." Even though man has marked the Word of God indicating that the Old Testament closes with the last verse of Malachi and that the New Testament opens with the first verse of Matthew, God declares that such is not the case. "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth" (Heb. 9:16-17). Therefore the New Testament could not come into force until the death of Christ, its Testator; and the Old Testament could not "vanish away" until the New came into force. We must conclude that the entire life and ministry of Christ, in His first advent, was under the law dispensation, and that His death ended the old covenant and opened the new.

The law is limited to a certain nation. That certain nation is "Israel" whom God bore "on eagle's wings" out of Egyptian bondage. He also delivered to her, through Moses, His proposition concerning the law and the conditions under which Israel could be made a "peculiar treasure," a "kingdom of priests" and "an holy nation." After the children of Israel had heard all the words of God concerning the giving of the law, they all "answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do" (Exo. 19:1-8). The law is limited to a certain ministration, or service. Its ministration is one of condemnation and death. Paul says, "I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, worketh death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might became exceeding sinful" (Rom. 7:9-13). The law slew Paul because it demanded more than he could deliver. For this same reason "as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse" (Gal. 3:10). The Accomplishments of the Law

With the giving of the law "every mouth" was stopped and all the world became "guilty before God." The mouths of the Gentiles were not stopped by the law but by the threefold testimony of Romans 1:24-28:


"God also gave them up to uncleanness." (vs. 24)
"God gave them up unto vile affections." (vs. 26)
"God gave them over to a reprobate mind." (vs. 28)The mouths of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah were stopped by the law (Rom. 3:19) because they were the only ones who were under the law. Therefore, after the law was given, both Jews and Gentiles were proved to be "under sin" and neither could open their mouths in their own defense before God.

The law also serves as "our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Gal. 3:24). This means that the law demands so much that we are forced to turn to a substitute. We look into God's perfect standard, the law, and we see ourselves far short of the glory of God. We test our flesh under the demands of the law and we find that, even though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.

"What the Law Could Not Do

in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit" (Rom. 8:3-4).

Let it be clearly understood that the law which God added is absolutely necessary in the carrying out of His purpose and plan for the ages, yet it has no power, whatsoever, to save or to keep or to perfect the believer. Its usefulness ends when we meet the crucified and risen Christ.

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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BABES IN CHRIST 
By MARVIN DUNCAN,
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 3:1

There are a number of conditions that the Apostle Paul connects with our being "IN CHRIST." Our salvation is "IN CHRIST." Our standing is "IN CHRIST," and in I Corinthians 3:1, Paul speaks of a condition every believer experiences at his salvation, our being "BABES IN CHRIST." 

To understand this condition we must recognize that salvation is spoken of as A NEW BIRTH. We are born physically into the family of Adam and upon receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we experienced a SPIRITUAL BIRTH. Paul speaks of our being "A NEW CREATION" in II Corinthians 5:17. Just as in our physical life, so it is with our spiritual life. We all start at birth as babies and develop through stages, to maturity; first a babe, then a child and on to maturity through feeding on spiritual food and exercising the spiritual man. 

One of the mistakes many Christians make is to expect the newly saved individual to be able to handle life's trials and the old habits as if he were a mature spiritual individual, without ever having been taught the Word of God or experiencing the faithfulness of God to strengthen and convict him in his daily walk. None of the men in Scripture automatically changed overnight from their worldly attitudes to spiritual attitudes. 

Abraham is a good example of spiritual growth over a number of years. Early in his spiritual life he made many errors and failed to trust God completely, yet in his later life, after seeing God's faithfulness in doing what He promised, Abraham was able to trust God even to the point of being willing to sacrifice his only son. 

It is this progressive growth toward maturity that Paul is speaking of in our text verse. These Corinthians had been born into God's family some five years earlier, but they had not grown They were still "BABES." 

The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but
that we will hear Him.

-- William McGill

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 

     Our Purpose and Mission

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

We read in in Ephesians. 1:18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints," and in Colossians 2:2 " That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment (epignosis) true knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ".

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:" 

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Friendship With the World
Part 3
By Gregg Bing

Lot's Conclusion

The only reason that Lot was saved was because "God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow" (Gen. 19:27-29). Being afraid to dwell in Zoar, Lot fled with his two unmarried daughters into the mountains to dwell there. What follows is the sad conclusion to the life of Lot, a man who knew the Lord but did not live for the Lord.

Though Lot's two unmarried daughters were the only ones to escape God's destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, they never did really escape "the world." These two young women reasoned with each other that it was up to them to "preserve the lineage" of their father. How did they propose to do so? They made Lot drink wine until he was so drunk he did not know what he was doing. The firstborn daughter went into him that night and lay with her father so that she could become pregnant with his child. The next night this shameful scene was repeated so that the younger daughter also became pregnant with his child (Gen. 19:30-36). How sad to view the depths to which Lot and his family had sunk both morally and spiritually.

What kind of lineage of Lot was preserved? His firstborn daughter bore Lot a son "and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day" (Gen. 19:37). His youngest daughter also bore him a son "and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day" (Gen. 19:38). The Moabites and Ammonites both became enemies of Abraham's family and the nation of Israel. They also were idol worshippers of the most abominable and detestable nature. The Moabites worshipped Chemosh, while the Ammonites worshipped Molech. Both peoples honored their "god" by making their children pass through sacrificial fires (1 Kings 11:7, 2 Kings 16:3, 23:10). What a legacy Lot left behind!

In Lot, we find a stern warning of the dangers of living in "friendship with the world." Lot not only tormented his own soul, he sacrificed the lives of his own family members, and he destroyed any testimony he might have had for the Lord. The Apostle James wrote:

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." (James 4:4)

Friendship with the world puts us at enmity with God, preventing us from experiencing the love, joy and peace of a daily walk with Him. Friendship with the world affords only a life of disappointment and sorrow. May the lesson of Lot's life and the consequences he experienced remind us how important it is to keep ourselves separate from the world.

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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Friendship With the World
Part 1
By Gregg Bing

Abraham is called in Scripture "the friend of God." This special relationship developed because of Abraham's life of faith. Abraham believed God's promises and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Abraham also walked by faith, being careful to obey God's commands. Abraham's nephew, Lot, though a righteous man, chose to walk a different path and experienced the pain and sorrow that results from "friendship with the world."

Lot lived with Abraham when he dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia, a land given over to idol worship and worldly pleasures. This is why, when God called Abraham, He told him to "Get out of your country from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you" (Gen. 12:1). While Abraham left behind the country of Mesopotamia, along with its idolatrous lifestyle, he did not immediately leave his family or his father's house. He journeyed with his father, Terah, and his nephew, Lot, to Haran and dwelt there until his father died. After Terah's death, Abraham resumed his journey and the Lord led him to the land of Canaan; however, Abraham still kept Lot with him.

When Abraham arrived in Canaan, the Lord appeared to him and promised to give the land to his descendants as an inheritance. There in the promised land, Abraham faithfully kept himself separate from the people of Canaan, for they, too, were idolaters. He dwelt in tents and built altars, ensuring his walk and his worship were separate from the ungodly cities of Canaan. When a famine arose in the land, Abraham's faith faltered, and he fled south to the land of Egypt. As long as Abraham remained in Egypt he was out of fellowship with God. Abraham's sinful deception of the people of Egypt led the Pharaoh to order him to leave. However, both Abraham and Lot acquired great possessions in Egypt, specifically livestock, herds, and servants.

Upon their return to the land of Canaan, strife broke out between the herdsmen of Abraham and those of Lot. The land was not able to contain all their possessions if they continued to dwell together. The time had come for Abraham to make a complete break from his family and his father's house. Abraham instructed Lot to separate from him, but he offered to let Lot choose the land he wished to dwell in.

As we turn our attention to Lot, we find three stages in his life of "friendship with the world" and the lessons we learn from each.

Lot's Choice

Lot should have deferred to Abraham and let him make the choice. He knew that God had called Abraham and promised the land to Abraham's descendants; the choice should have been his. But, we read in Scripture that:

"Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other." (Gen. 13:10-11)

Lot "chose for himself." His was a selfish choice, a choice based on the desires of the flesh. Knowing that his flocks and herds would need water, he chose the plain of Jordan because it was "well watered everywhere." This seems to have been the only criteria for choosing this area. The Scriptures compare this plain to "the garden of the Lord," which Lot had never seen, but had likely heard of. The other comparison is that the plain of Jordan was "like the land of Egypt." This was true, not only in that it was well watered, but because it was a wicked and ungodly land. So we read that:

"Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD." (Gen. 13:12-13)

Abraham dwelt in the land that God promised his descendants for a possession. Though the Canaanites were idol worshippers, Abraham was careful to keep himself separate from their wicked ways. Lot chose a land that was outwardly beautiful, but was associated with two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, cities filled with men who were "exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord." Unfortunately, this didn't seem to be a factor in Lot's choice. No doubt he did what many of us do at times: he rationalized. Lot pitched his tent in the land, "even as far as Sodom," reasoning that just because he lived near this wicked city, didn't mean he had to become a part of it. This is a dangerous line of thinking, one based not on the wisdom of God but on the wisdom of men.

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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Delay In Judgment 
    by Pastor C. R. Stam
      

The Scriptures leave no doubt that the Lord Jesus Christ will come to this earth again, “in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God” and who “receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thes. 1:8; 2:10). Nor will He forget His promise to give the twelve apostles thrones in His kingdom (Matt. 19:28).There can be no successors to Peter and the eleven, for they themselves are to reign with Christ in glory. What is happening now is a parenthesis in God’s prophesied program. Delaying Christ’s return to judge and reign. God chose another apostle, separate from the twelve, to bring a message of grace to this Christ-rejecting world. How great is His mercy and love!

And how are men saved today? How are their sins remitted? Must they come to some recognized authority and be “baptized for the remission of sins”? Some, still following Peter rather than Paul, say,“Yes.” But let us see what St. Paul, by divine inspiration, has to say about this.


“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” (Eph. 2:8,9).

“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” (Tit. 3:5).

This stands in striking contrast to Peter’s “Repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). It stands in contrast, also, to the words of the so-called “Great Commission”: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Does not this indicate that a change in dispensation took place with the raising up of Paul, that other apostle?

But what about the kingdom? Does some man on earth hold the keys? No,for both the King and His kingdom are in exile. When a sinner obeys God and receives Christ as His Savior he is “translated into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13), and “made accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6).                    
          

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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The Bible is the word of God
Part 2 of 2
By Keith Blades



The Bible by nature also possesses absolute and final authority. It is not overruled by any person, organization, or ecclesiastical body. It is not subject to the authority or position of any person in order to fulfill its function in any capacity. It is the word of God which is “quick and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12), and therefore possesses on its own, by nature, the full capacity for Divine operations, all authority, and final authority. Accordingly, it is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16-17) The all-important need of every Christian is to profit from the Bible by submitting to it as the inerrant, infallible, authoritative word of God. 

 The Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are not three modes of existence for God, as if at one time He manifested Himself as the Father, at another as the Son, and at another as the Holy Spirit. Nor are these three separate Gods. Rather, God is a trinity: three identifiable persons with Godhood, eternally co-existing and functioning as one God. All the attributes of ‘Godness,' along with every aspect of Divine character and essence, are possessed by, and resident in, each of the three members of the Godhead. The Lord Jesus Christ is ‘God manifest in the flesh'; the “image of the invisible God”; the Word “made flesh.” (e.g. Genesis 1:1-26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 110; Isaiah 6; Isaiah 48:16; John 1:1-2, 14-18; Acts 5:3-4; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15; 2:2; I Thessalonians 2:11-13; I Timothy 3:16; I John 5:7) 

 God, who created all things by Jesus Christ, created an innumerable company of beings known collectively as angels. They are spiritual beings and were perfect in their creation. One of these creatures of the heavenly creation named Lucifer was the “anointed cherub” that covered the throne of God. Through pride Lucifer sinned and was removed from his position as the “anointed cherub.” In response he formulated a plan of evil opposition and antagonism against God. In so doing, he set himself up as the adversary of God and determined in his plan of evil to establish himself “like the most High.” In accordance with the formulation of his adversarial plan of evil, Lucifer received the designation “Satan,” which means ‘adversary.' He is also known as the “Devil,” “Belial,” and by a number of other names and designations descriptive of various activities and operations He engages in in the pursuit of his plan of evil. Satan is the author of sin in God's creation and the implementation of his plan of evil in both the heavenly and earthly realms brought sin and its corruption into both realms.

In the heavenly realm a great number of other angelic beings joined Satan in his plan of evil and became “his angels.” These included all those occupying the governmental positions of principalities, powers, mights, and the like, with but a few exceptions. There is an eternal judgment awaiting Satan and his angels. “Everlasting fire” is “prepared for the devil and his angels.” An innumerable number of the angels, however, did not join the plan of evil, but kept their position with God. (e.g. Ezekiel 28: 11-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 25:41; I Timothy 3:6; Revelation 12:3-4, 9) 

Man was created in “the image and likeness” of God, but willingly sinned in cooperation with the implementation of Satan's plan of evil in the earthly realm. As the immediate result of sin, man became spiritually dead, alienated from God, and the possessor of a sinful nature which could only offend God's Holiness and Righteousness, and consequently provoke His wrath. This status of spiritual death and alienation from God, along with the nature of sin, has been transmitted to every member of the human race, so that each is born into this world a sinner by nature, alienated from God and at enmity with Him. As such, men are totally depraved, i.e. they possess a nature of sin of which they are completely impotent to rid themselves, nor are they able to change it, alter it, or improve it so as to cease offending God and merit His approval or acceptance. Being totally depraved, men are completely unable to deliver themselves from their sinful status and, hence, save themselves from the debt and penalty of their sins. Contrary to popular religious thought, no man is born with ‘the spark of Divine good' in him, nor are people innocent for a time and then become sinners. Instead, men are “by nature the children of wrath.” 

Therefore, man does not need an improvement to his environment or society; man does not need another chance to be better than he is; man does not need an example to follow so that he can ‘raise himself out of the gutter.' Instead, man needs to be saved, for he cannot save himself or contribute to his salvation in any manner or form. 

The destiny of men who are not saved is everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, eternally separated from God. (e.g. Genesis 1:26-3:24; Romans 1:18-3:26; Ephesians 2:1-10; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15) 

    

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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The Bible is the word of God
Part 1 of 2
By Keith Blades

It is God's book. He is the author of it through direct inspiration, as declared in II Timothy 3:16a...“All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Given by “inspiration of God,” the Bible is not the product of human imagination or creativity. Holy men of God spake and wrote as they were “moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:20-21) The Bible, therefore, truly is the word of God. It is the “scripture,” i.e., the sacred or holy writings of God. 
Being the word of God, the Bible is also “the word of truth.” (e.g. II Timothy 2:15) This means that it is telling the truth about what is really going on. It is not taking guesses at what is going on. It is not the work of men who were setting forth their own theories as to the meaning of life and existence. It is not the work of philosophers merely speculating on what they think everything means. Instead, it is the communication from the One who created all things, who knows the truth, is “only wise,” and is working out His own plan and purpose in His creation. The Bible is God's testimony to us regarding what is really going on in, and with, His creation. As such it is “the word of truth.” 
The Bible, composed of its 66 books, is complete. There are no ‘lost books of the Bible,' nor do there exist any other writings which ought to be considered scripture or included in the Bible. The books of the Apocrypha are not the word of God. 
The Bible, in light of what it is and in accordance with God's design for it, is also the recipient of God's providential care and preservation. Though constantly subjected to various and numerous attacks designed to corrupt it, obscure it, fragment it, suppress it, or destroy it, God has not allowed such attempts to completely succeed. The Bible has not only continued to exist and will continue to do so, but regarding attempts to corrupt it through attacks upon its contents God sees to the preservation of His inerrant, infallible word. This He has done, and continues to do, by means of a number of providential safeguards, such as multiplicity of copies and witnesses for settling matters of textual variation or questioning. Recognition and employment of these numerous safeguards has assured the accurate transmission of the inerrant, infallible word of God from original autographs on, and provides for the identification of attempts to corrupt the word of God by means of omitted, distorted, or added words or phrases, or any other means of textual tampering. In accordance with this, theories of textual criticism which deny Divine preservation (most notably the Westcott and Hort Theory and its present variations), along with the Hebrew and Greek texts constructed on the basis of them, are rejected. The preserved inerrant word of God is not what they are. Instead, they are corrupted renditions of the word of God: corrupted by omissions of words, phrases, sentences, and even extensive passages; by deletions; by substitutions; by additions to the text, and the like. The preserved inerrant word of God has always existed and still exists, and is identified today as the received text of the historic protestant reformation process. 
The translation of the received text into the English language has produced the inerrant, infallible word of God in English. Though a multitude of English Bible translations exist at the present time, only the King James Version is translated from the received text. The King James Version is identified as the inerrant, infallible, preserved word of God in the English language. 
    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
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The Hope of Our Calling
By Jim Roberts

The Apostle Paul wrote to Titus whom God had called as a pastor over the Church which is the Body of Christ. In Chapter 2 Paul said:

"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. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you." (Titus 2:11-15)

Paul was reminding Titus that the hope of Abraham had passed away. No longer were believers to look for the heavenly city of God to come down to the earth (Hebrews 11:16), but believers were to rejoice in the hope of their calling, namely, the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ. Paul taught the believers at Colosse that:

"When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." (Colossians 3:4)

Paul explained to Titus that all believers today share this same hope for the grace of God has now appeared to all men. However, Paul knew that this message had to be taught with zeal for it was a new message. The program for the Church had been kept as a secret in the heart and mind of God since before the creation itself. Therefore, Paul told Titus to "speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority." Paul told the Ephesians about this great hope and was very concerned that they understand the importance of the message. He prayed:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." (Ephesians 1:17-18)

In Ephesians 1:14, Paul referred to the catching up of the Church, the Body of Christ, as the redemption of Christ's purchased possession.

"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory." (Ephesians 1:13-14)

According to Ephesians 1:7, we already have spiritual redemption through His blood, but we are waiting for the redemption of our bodies which will occur at the appearing of the Lord and the rapture of the Church.

"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." (Philippians 3:20-21)

The Church which is the Body of Christ is the purchased possession which is now waiting for its final redemption. In the mean time, we live on this earth learning how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, all to the praise of the glory of His grace.

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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 yearning 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 assurance 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 watch care 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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the USA the Word of God is so needed in our troubled world. It is our 
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Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.

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SCRIPTURES TO LIVE BY

Forgive, forget. 
Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. 
Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or 
malicious Phillips Brooks

SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY

2Co 2:7 So that contrariwise ye [ought] rather to forgive [him], and 
comfort [him], lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with 
overmuch sorrow.

(Eph 4:32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

(Col 3:13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any 
man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye

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GOD'S TIMETABLE 
Part 4  Conclusion
By ~ Jack Trumm ~ 

They will wish for the days of grace which we now have much like those Jews wail now at the Wailing Wall, wishing they could go back in time, but they cannot "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Matthew 24:21-22) "then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (I Thessalonians 5:3)

So, the Bible tells us what happened yesterday, what is happening today, and what will happen tomorrow. But what about you, friend? Have you obeyed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? Will you be among those of us who "shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump" of grace? (see I Corinthians 15:51-58) OR will you be among those who remain here to endure the most horrible time of testing man has seen or ever will see because you failed to accept God's gracious offer of salvation in the day of salvation? Evidently the fullness of the Gentiles is not "be come in" yet. You can be the next, and who knows, maybe the last Gentile to receive this blessing before the Gentiles are "cut off" again and God turns His attention back to the "natural branches" (the nation Israel) to graft them back in through the time called "Jacob's trouble." Receive the good news of God's grace. Take it to heart, and apply it to your soul. Jesus Christ died the death you and I deserve. He made complete satisfaction to God for your sins and mine. God is satisfied completely by His shed blood on the cross and through His death. We know this because He raised Jesus Christ from the dead to assure us of His satisfaction. But you must believe that this is the only way of salvation, and that it is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but rather it is by His grace and mercy He saves us today as a free gift through faith. Trust Him with your soul now. "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." (Ephesians 2:8-9) "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree. " (Galatians 3:13) "For he (God) hath made him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: BEHOLD, NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME, BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION" (II Corinthians5:21-6:2)

Trust Him now while this gracious offer is still being made. 

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GOD'S TIMETABLE 
Part 3 OF 4
By  ~ Jack Trumm ~ 
TOMORROW 

Paul warned the Gentiles concerning the end of this blessed standing, saying "boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee" "well because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee goodness, IF THOU CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they (Israel nationally) abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again." (Romans 11:18,20-23)

Paul predicted that after "the fullness " of the Gentiles are come in, God will do just that-graft Israel in again. "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, "when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:26-27) And then they will be that channel of blessing to the world, for Paul wrote that if setting Israel aside proved to be a blessing for the world, "how much more their fulness?" "now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, HOW MUCH MORE THEIR FULNESS?" "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but LIFE FROM THE DEAD?" (Romans 11:12,15)

You may be thinking, well we Gentiles are blessed either way! In the end, yes, but in between time, NO! Because at this present time many restraints are in place in this world, restraints in which God Himself has in place. These seals of restraints will be removed during the great tribulation period which is to come after the last trump of grace. Some people look at wars, natural disasters, various pestilences, earthquakes, and Tsunamis as acts of God's wrath, but the Bible makes it clear that when God pours out His wrath, there will be no mistaking it for natural disasters, or the folly of men. God at that point will speak as He answers in His wrath, as it is written, ''Then shall he speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure." (Psalm 2:5)

It will be during "the great tribulation ", that time referred to as "Jacob's trouble", and her "day of trouble", that Israel is delivered, cleansed, redeemed, and grafted back in as God's favored nation. During the great tribulation the Book of Hebrews, the epistles to the circumcision, and the Book of Revelation will be much more than books "for our learning." For those writings will find direct obedience and application necessary for the believers in those coming days, as God will have moved on in His dealings with man from the grace He shows today, to His righteous judgment. Once the fulness of the Gentiles have come in, through obeying the gospel of the grace of God, and we are caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, the remaining Gentiles will find themselves in the "day of the Lord." The remaining Gentiles will find themselves in "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Rev.  3: 10) As God removes the seals of restraints upon the "mystery of iniquity ", they will be deceived, tested, and judged "when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." (II Thessalonians 2:7, 1:7-9) 

With the restraints removed allowing the "mystery of iniquity" to do what he wants, those remaining Gentiles will be easily deceived. "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be darned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (II Thessalonians 2:8-12) 

So do you see it? God's dealings with mankind after the present Gentile dispensation will not be so gracious as they are now. God will have moved on from showing the attributes of the grace, mercy, and love which are in Christ Jesus to His other important attributes. He will have moved on to show "who is the ONLY Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who ONLY hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen." (I Timothy 6:15-16) Those who remain on earth after "our gathering together unto him" (II Thessalonians 2:1), if they are able to endure long enough, will experience the revelation of Jesus Christ as He shows "his wrath" and makes "His power known" upon "the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction." (Romans 9:22) The time will have come when God the Father fulfills His promise to His Son in which He said, "sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool". (Matthew 22:44) 

Continued

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GOD'S TIMETABLE 
Part 2 of 4
By ~  Jack Trumm ~ 

ISRAEL'S YESTERDAY 

So with an outstretched hand and tender nurturing, God led the children of Israel and cared for them. He sent His Son to them confirming the promises made unto the fathers. Some of the promises made unto the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, etc.) were conditional. If they would be obedient, God would bless them, or if they disobeyed, He would punish them. However, God also made UNCONDITIONAL promises unto them, promises in which He would not take back. Among these was the promise that national Israel would be the instrument of blessing to the Gentile nations under the reign of Christ. Isaiah 60 and 61 describe this in detail, predicting a redeemed Israel, shining forth the glory of God, reigning over the rest of the nations as head.

Paul explains that God will fulfill this promise to them when He takes away her blindness, and takes away her sins in accordance to prophecy. Paul explains, "and so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:26-27) 

The cleansing and deliverance of Israel was the subject of every prophet which spoke, beginning with "Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken" (Acts 3:24), also John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, and all of the apostles. This period of her cleansing can be summed up in the phase: "the great tribulation period". In the Old Testament it is referred to as: "the time of Jacob 's trouble ", and her "day of trouble ". (Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1, Zephaniah 1:15, Ezekiel 7:7) Paul the apostle called it "the day of the Lord", (I Thessalonians 5:12) John the apostle called it "the revelation of Jesus Christ". (Revelation 1:1) 

But this terrible time of trouble has been put on 'hold' so-to-speak, "until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in ". (Romans 11:25) God has chosen to reveal and dispense a Gentile dispensation first. He chose to set Israel aside temporarily, avoiding her, considering her an enemy for the sake of the Gentiles. He chose to bless the world thru her fall, taking out of the Gentiles a people without Israel's instrumentality. And so God has ushered in a Gentile dispensation in which He shows mercy and grace to all who come to Christ by faith. In fact, even an individual from the rebel nation Israel may receive the spiritual blessings of grace, but he must come to God in the avenue which the Gentiles now receive it, by grace through faith alone. For the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile is now broken down, the Israelites have lost their favored nation status, that covenant relationship. They must come to God with no merit of their own. Paul writes "even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy (the Gentiles) they also may obtain mercy (the Jews)." (Romans 11:31) Today, in the day of grace, they must come to God through the mercy and grace presently being shown to the Gentiles. Paul makes this declaration against national Israel as the Book of Acts closes, "Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it." (Acts 28:28) We are in a Gentile dispensation. Israel nationally is still being ignored (actually considered as an enemy of God) for our sakes. "as concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes." (Romans 11:28)

God today is not answering Israel, for if He were to answer her, He would have to answer in His wrath for He still holds her responsible (nationally) for the rejection of His Son. It is spelled out by Paul in Romans 11:27 where it says, "when I shall take away their sins."

How long will the Gentiles continue to receive this blessed opportunity to approach God in this way, and enjoy this goodness? Paul answers this in Romans 11:25 by saying, "until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in ". This tells us that God has a number in mind, a number which will bring Him to what He considers "fulness". Maybe there is only one more to be added to "the church which is His body" (Ephesians 1:22-23) before He comes to gather us to Himself. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) 

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