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Post  Admin on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 9:44 pm

~PAUL'S THANKFULNESS~

Scripture Reading:  2 Thessalonians 1:1-3.

The same three men named in 1 Thessalonians are named here as sending greetings. Paul's use of
"we" (1:3-4, 11-12) is worth noting. More than one man was responsible for establishing this, and other churches. God's laborers work together, by His design to accomplish His work. Silas was Paul's primary associate on his second missionary journey (Acts 15:40). Timothy was a young man Paul had led to Christ (1 Tim. 1:2) during his first missionary Journey (Acts 13-14). It was Timothy who brought Paul news of the Thessalonian situation the first " time (I Thess 3: 12,6). These three men were those who brought the faith to and nurtured the Thessalonian Church. 

Again Paul greets the Thessalonians with his characteristic "grace and peace" (vs.2). Paul wants
his readers to experience these blessings in their fullest measure. Grace is God's unmerited favor
bestowed upon all who receive Him (John I:12). "Peace" is the ending of the alienation that previously separated the unbeloved from God (Rom.. 5:1).

Paul thanks God for this Church because of the continual growth in their faith (gk. huperauxanei). He has seen their faith grow super abundantly or vigorously in spite of hardship and persecution. Paul often uses superlatives in his Greek expressions. The Thessalonians' faith in God continues to
increase as well as their love for others (James 2:14-17). Is this a reality in Our lives?

Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who maybe defending the USA. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled world.  It is our heart at GRACE AND THE TRUTH and mission to reach as many people as we possibly can TO SHARE with them the Word of God and all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.  

THOUGHT FOR THIS DAY

This moment is all you're guaranteed, tomorrow may never come......(in this world)......so live it up,.....love it up....laugh it up........and put Jesus at the very center of every moment.......and enjoy.

This is the abundant life God was talking about........seize it.......sufficient to each day are it's troubles.....we can either live in those troubles or by faith in God........cast all our cares on Him and live in His joy...............you choose.

..............Wendell

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LIBERTY IN CHRIST
By JOHN McKAY, Pastor 

 Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:4 

What does it mean to be "in Christ"? Certainly there is a sense that it means to be a believer in Him. There were many who believed in Christ when He came to be the King of Israel. Paul refers to relatives being "in Christ" before he was. This obviously must relate to the Kingdom program when Christ (having come to minister only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel), was trusted as the Anointed One. It is perfectly clear that no one could be "in Christ" in the Pauline sense until after the Apostle for this age was saved and given light in the Gospel of the Grace of God.
 
What does it mean to be "in Christ" in the Pauline sense of that term? It involves all of the truth of our Oneness with Christ, beginning with the Baptism by the Holy Spirit into the One Body. This great spiritual truth of the only Baptism for this age (Ephesians 4:5), reveals that We are united with the Lord Jesus in His death, resurrection, and life in a way too wonderful for us to fully comprehend now!
 
Our "Liberty in Christ" should be seen as a truly precious freedom from sin, the Law, condemnation, and the bondage of other men's opinions. Not only has the believer escaped these terrible things by trusting Christ, he also has the unimaginable freedom of access into the presence of God and the blessings of living by faith in His holy written Word. Did you know you had such liberty? (See II Corinthians 3:17-18).
 
Although some legalists were trying to take away the Apostle's liberty and bring him into bondage, they were condemned as "false" brethren (Galatians 2:4). "Stand fast" (Galatians 5: I) in the "glorious liberty" (Romans 8:21; I Corinthians 10:23ff). 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

While we are to be encouragers
to each other, 
only Jesus can look into the hidden  corners
 of our hearts and see the tears,
 frustrations, heartaches, loneliness, terror  and agony that we 
keep hidden from people.
  Only Jesus can heal a broken heart  and restore our joy. 
-- Joanne Lowe

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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SACRIFICIAL SERVICE 
By Miles Stanford
"I endure all things for the elect's sake" (2 Tim. 2:10).

Our Father's mercy is all-encompassing. It includes our salvation ---- ".... according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5); and our service---" ... by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice ... which is your reasonable service" (Rom. 12:1).

Reasonable service is based upon sacrifice: "I, Paul ... rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body's sake, which is the church" (Col. 1:23,24).

"To truly minister to others is always to accept new happiness and new distress, both of them forever deepening and entering into closer and more inseparable union with each other, the more profound and spiritual the ministry becomes. The one who gives himself to others can never be a wholly sad person; but no more can he be one of unclouded gladness." -G.M.

"The fuller the service, the greater the surrender and sacrifice. It is not giving what one can spare without feeling it, for I will not offer the Lord 'that which doth cost me nothing' (2 Sam. 24:24).

"The service declares its virtue and aim by the suffering which is endured in rendering it, for what can be done at one's ease is generally done without much concern for the one to whom it is rendered, and thus the true quality is lost."

"I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved" (2 Cor.12:15). 

The only way to worry about nothing is to pray about everything.
Frank A. Clark
         
     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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Post  Admin on Sun 17 Apr 2016, 10:54 pm

JOHN 1:5 
by Pastor Jim Krieg 

As a person endeavors to teach God's Word to a Sunday school class or some other large group, he may run into the difficulty of different translations. To remedy this I would never recommend that we all hold to only one translation as sacred. There is no perfect translation. I also would not suggest comparing many translations and pronouncing the majority opinion as correct. Each of us as believers needs to increase our own scholarship and discernment of the Scriptures.
 
I was recently reminded of some difference in the translations in John 1:5 and decided to take a closer look at the word translated by some as comprehend and by others as overcome.
 
John is speaking of the Word being God and life and light. In verse 5 he says, "And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not  katalambano it." What is the darkness not able to do to the light? Let us take a concordance and look at the other places this word is used in the New Testament. 

First of all we see that it is a compound Greek word from the preposition "kata"  meaning down, and the verb  "lambano" meaning to take or receive. Notice that in this word the verb and the preposition compliment each other, thereby intensifying the meaning of "lambano" alone. Thus, the basic meaning would be to really take. Now let us observe the word used throughout the New Testament and see how the basic meaning is shaded by different contexts.
 
In Acts 4:13 the Jewish council took down in a mental sense, and hence, understood, or or had comprehension that Peter and John were scholastically untrained men. As Peter again stood before the Jewish council having witnessed the events at Cornelius' house, he said, "I truly understand that God is not a respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34). In Ephesians 3:18, Paul prays that they might be able to comprehend, or understand the breadth, length, height, and depth of God's Word (cf. also Acts 25:25).
 
So we see that comprehend is a bona fide translation of this word when used in a mental sense. But Paul uses "katalambano " in a different sense also. In First Corinthians 9:24, Paul says that a person runs in order that he might take down in a positive, physical sense, and hence obtain the prize. Although the basic meaning of take down is still the same, a translation of comprehend would not make sense in this context as also Philippians 3:12, 13, and Romans 9:30, where obtain is the preferred translation.
 
But again we see this word being used in a negative, physical context in Mark 9:18. A father brings his son to the disciples saying he was held by a dumb spirit, and when that spirit would take him down  i.e., in a negative sense, the boy would smash to the ground, foaming and gnashing his teeth. We see here that the spirit took hold of and overpowered him.
 
Paul uses this word in a similar vein in First Thessalonians 5:4, where he speaks of believers not being overcome by the day of the Lord as a thief overcomes his victims.
 
Actually we see John using our word in John 12:35 again in respect to darkness (skotia) as in John 1:5. He quotes Jesus as exhorting His followers to "Walk as you have the light lest the darkness might overcome [katalambano] you." 

In light of these observations, especially as used in similar contexts, we can concur that the idea being brought out in John 1:5 is that the darkness is not able to overcome, overpower, or overtake the light which is Christ.

We see John teaching a great principle of grace along with Paul that believers who are rescued out of the darkness of sin and placed in the light of Christ, can live without the dread of being overpowered by the powers of darkness. (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Rom. 13:12; Eph. 5:8-9; Col. 1:12; 1 Thess. 5:5) 

    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 fulness of Christ:" 

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THE LIVING GOD
by C. R. Stam 

"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God" (Psa. 42:2). 

The recent "God is dead" theory had little true comfort or satisfaction for men in trouble or sorrow. 

For years we supposed that the term "the living God," in the above passage, had reference to God’s power to help, in contrast to the impotence of dead heathen idols. A careful examination of the context, however, leads us to believe that it has rather to do with His ability to respond. The gods of the heathen, by contrast, were like children’s dolls; they could not even change their countenance or respond in any way. 

"The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
"They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
"They have ears, but they hear not, neither is there any breath in their mouths" (Psa. 135:15-17). 

But the true God is a living God. He does see, hear and respond. The Psalmist, in Psalm 42, compares himself to a stag, panting with thirst. It is sometimes supposed that the scene is one of a stag pursued in the chase, but the passage says nothing of this. Palestine is a dry land and entirely apart from being hunted down, a deer might well pant for streams of running water. 

Be this as it may, the stag, in this passage, is not seeking for help; he is thirsting for refreshment, and so did the Psalmist long for the refreshment of fellowship with God, the living God. 

How wonderful it is that we may know the living God through faith in Christ! This is why the Apostle Paul declares in Heb. 10:19: 

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus... a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh. " 

By His death at Calvary our Lord tore away the veil that kept us from entering into God’s presence, and now in response to our need He says: 

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16). 

Yes, God is a living God! 

2Co 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the Savior of his knowledge by us in every place.

"May God, Whose grace is irresistible and 

all sufficient, be glorified!" 



    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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CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
    by C. R. Stam
   
    Christian liberty is a priceless possession. It can be abused, of  ourse, but legitimately used it is an overflowing source of spiritual joy and power.

    God's purpose with regard to the liberty of the believer in Christ is aptly summed up for us in one short verse in the Galatian letter:

   "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another" (Gal. 5:13)."

    As the cause of spiritual decline in Israel was always their departure from God's Word to them through Moses, so the cause of spiritual decline among believers today is always their departure from God's Word to us through Paul, and if anything is made unmistakably clear in the Epistles of Paul, it is the fact that believers in this present dispensation of grace have been delivered from the Law and, as God's full-grown sons in Christ,have been "called unto liberty." The failure of God's people to appropriate and enjoy this liberty today results in spiritual decline as surely as did the failure of the people of Israel to observe the law of Moses in their day.

    Could anything be plainer than those passages in this same  Galatian epistle, where the Apostle says by the Spirit:

   "CHRIST HATH REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a  curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth  on a tree" (Gal. 3:13)."

   "But when the fulness of the time was come, GOD SENT FORTH HIS  SON, made of a woman, made under the law,  "TO REDEEM THEM THAT WERE UNDER THE LAW, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE ADOPTION OF SONS" (Gal. 4:4,5)."


    Thus, to reject our blood-bought liberty and go back to the servitude of the Law is to repudiate not only the Word of God, but  the Word of God to us, and this must necessarily result in spiritual decline.

Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who maybe defending the USA. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled world.  It is our heart at  GRACE AND THE TRUTH and mission to reach as many people as we possibly can TO SHARE with them the Word of God and all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ. 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

If we would see ourselves as God sees us ---
in all the perfections of the
Beloved in Whom
we have been engraced so fully
and loved so deeply -
we would reflect more of what
we have been made to be "in Christ".
Keith McDonald

1Co 1:30 "..... of him are ye in Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness,
and sanctification,
and redemption"

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ACCESS BY FAITH 
By RUSSELL S. MILLER, 

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:2 

Everyone is invited, but everyone does not have access to God. God does not hear the "vain repetitions" (Matt. 6:7) of the heathen. Yet the true saint may enter the presence of God at his convenience; when and where he chooses. This, the president of the United States does not allow. 

Our "great God and Saviour" does, however, allow the unsaved "access" into His presence "by faith" in the shed blood of Christ today. This is a privilege that those under the Law did not enjoy. Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies, once a year, with the blood of a lamb without blemish.
 
And Paul declares in Romans 5: 1, 2 that simply believing what God says today produces that initial "access by faith" into His presence. "Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." 

Consequently the Apostle explains to saints far and wide, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, [not the old dead sacrificial way, but] BY A NEW AND LIVING WAY, which He hath consecrated for us .... And having an high priest over the house of God; [1.] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith ... [2.] Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering ... [3.] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Heb. 10:19-25). 
 
We have so much to be thankful for every day.
God continually provides for all our needs.
 So let’s make Thanksgiving a year-long celebration. 
—David C. McCasland

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

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CONTINUOUS CROSS 
By Miles Stanford



"For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake" (2 Cor. 4:11).

The indwelling Lord Jesus is the source of our life of liberation; the Cross is the means to it. As we abide in Him and He in us, we are to reckon upon the finished work of Calvary to deal progressively with self. It is on this basis alone that the life of Jesus will be manifested in our mortal flesh (2 Cor. 4:11) .

"God has taken the old creation and has condemned it in Christ, and is now working on the new creation. There is no place in the plan of God for the betterment of the old creation. He does not bring about some kind of transformation of the old man so as to produce some kind of resemblance to Christ in Christian character and conduct. There is only one place for the old creation, and that is the Cross.

"But it is not enough for us to say it is there crucified with Christ. Crucifixion was a lingering death, and while we stand once for all upon the fact of God, which is eternal and unchangeable, when our Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross He took more than our sins with Him; He took our old man and dealt with the source of all our sin, and dealt with it satisfactorily. While we stand on that fact, there has to be the daily working out of the victory which Christ has won for us; there has to be the daily dying to this old self. The Holy Spirit has to work into us the death of the Lord Jesus Christ in all its wonderful power and purpose." - G.W.

"Being made comfortable unto his death" (Phil. 3:10). 







2Co 12:9  And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may overshadow me. 




The stars may fall, 

but God's promises will stand and be fulfilled.






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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There is so much confusion in Christendom

 The problem is that people read their Bible too superstitiously, thinking that "wherever" they read and "whatever" they read is what God is saying to them; but that is not so. Confusion begins by not paying attention to "Who" is being addressed in a passage of the Bible; and then, not believing that when God addresses "Israel," He means Israel.
There is a portion of the Bible that specifically addresses US - Gentiles and Jews of this age. It is the books of Romans through Philemon. Now let's see how knowing this fact clears up much confusion.
It is commonly taught that there is only one gospel in the Bible. (I'm not speaking of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which are sometimes called the four Gospels.) I'm talking about the proclamation of the gospel in the Bible. Many--in fact most--believe that all the New Testament preachers (John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Twelve Apostles, and the Apostle Paul) preached the same gospel. This is totally unscriptural! The Bible speaks of several gospels: "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM," "THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD," THE GOSPEL OF PEACE," "THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL," "THE GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION," "THE GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION," etc. These are not all synonymous terms for the gospel.
The "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" is what our Lord Jesus Christ preached during his earthly ministry, according to Matthew 4:23. By comparing this verse with Matthew 4:17, we know that the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" is the preaching of the good news that the "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND." This was the "Kingdom" Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray for in Matthew 6:10:
"THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN."
God promised in the Old Testament to set up a Kingdom here on Earth through the nation Israel, in which Jesus Christ would reign as King! Christ was here; and the good news proclaimed was that the Kingdom was at hand. In Matthew 10:7 we find this to be the same gospel the Twelve Apostles were sent to preach. Also, in Matthew 10:5,6 we learn that this gospel was good news for the Nation of Israel. It is amazing, yet true, that even after the Twelve Apostles had been preaching this gospel for some time, they still did not know about Christ's purpose to go to the cross and die for their sins. We know this is true because when Jesus Christ began later to tell his Apostles that he was going to Jerusalem to die, they did not believe him, nor did they understand hat he was talking about. The reason they didn't understand was because they were preaching the good news about the Kingdom and to take the throne as their King - see Matthew 16:21,22; Luke 18:31-34; and Luke 19:11.
How, then, could the Twelve Apostles have been preaching the same gospel as the Apostle Paul later preached, when they did not know nor understand anything about the Cross at that time? Yet Paul says he preached (I Corinthians 1:18,23)
"THE CROSS" and "CHRIST CRUCIFIED"!
The point is this: the gospel that the Twelve Apostles preached during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is not the same gospel the Apostle Paul was sent to preach later. According to I Corinthians 15:1-4, the gospel Paul preached was the GOOD NEWS of the DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ FOR OUR SINS.
Paul tells us where his gospel originated in Galatians 1:11,12. It was after the resurrection and ascension that the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul all that was accomplished on the Cross. In Acts 20:24, Paul calls this message "THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD." In Galatians 2:1,2, we see that this gospel is intended for the Gentiles as well as Jews; and in Galatians 2:6-10 we find that the Twelve Apostles learned of this gospel from Paul.
In this present age of "GRACE," God has set Israel as a nation aside, and the Kingdom promised them has been postponed until a future time. Therefore the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" is NOT God's message of good news for today, but rather the good news of how the Cross saves Sinners of all nationalities. This is God's message for today!
This is why the first epistle of Paul, set forth in our Bible, is the book of Romans. The book of Romans teaches precisely how God saves sinners. Therefore the following is God's message of good news for YOU today! 
By Bill Wittpenn


TRUTH WITHOUT COMPROMISE


THE SPIRIT OF PROMISE
  by C. R. Stam
    
"[Having] believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise"  (Eph. 1:13).

Of all the wonderful Scripture passages on the eternal security of the believer in Christ, this is perhaps the most blessed of all.

"[Having] heard the Word of truth you believed," says the Apostle, and "[having] believed, you were sealed."Now a seal speaks of finality and permanency, whether it be the official seal on an important document, the seal on an electric transformer or the seal on a jar of preserves. But the most blessed fact of all is that the believer in Christ is "sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise." Mark well, he is sealed not by the Spirit but with the Spirit; the Spirit Himself is the seal.

Here, let us say, is a woman sealing jars of preserves with wax. The jars are sealed by the woman, but with the wax. Thus the humblest believer is sealed with the Spirit. It is He Himself who keeps us safe in Christ through all eternity.

And this is but the "earnest," the first installment, "of our inheritance" (Ver. 14), for the Spirit keeps us secure in "this present evil age" so that "in the ages to come" God might show "the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (2:7).

Little wonder the Apostle closes this passage on our security with those appropriate words: "To the praise of His glory" (1:14).

What some theologians have called "the perseverance of saints" is not our perseverance at all, but God's faithfulness. We have not persevered; He has preserved us by His grace for His glory.

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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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FIXED POSITION 
By Miles Stanford

"And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).

True spiritual experience will result from our standing immovable in our position "in Christ." All too often believers allow certain "experiences" to move them from the faith-ground of their objective position, and they are soon adrift on the sea of subjective feelings and unscriptural influences.

"The Christian life is essentially a continuous dying, and a continuous living. Of course, there may come a particular crisis in experience where the Spirit of God brings the soul face to face with a definite issue as to a willingness for the Cross, and a yielding of the life to God. Yes, the first revelation of the secret of victory also may constitute a real crisis in the life of the believer, but that crisis or experience can never, in itself, avail for the future.

"There is a subtle danger in relying upon some isolated experience of 'sanctification,' so-called. The victorious Christian life is a Person, not an experience. Following the crisis, whatever phase or landmark in the life that may represent, there must be the daily reckoning, the moment-by-moment abiding and the control of the Holy Spirit. Whatever may have been our experience of holiness, and the measure of spiritual attainment in the past, we can never get beyond the need of abiding in Christ and the continuous reckoning of faith." - R.W.

"For we, alive though we are, are continually surrendering ourselves to death for the sake of Jesus" (II Cor. 4:11, Wey.). 

Phi 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure

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MADE NIGH IN CHRIST 
By RUSSELL S. MILLER, 

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:I3

God gave up the Gentiles in Genesis eleven when He saved Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). The vile affections wherein they sinned wickedly against themselves were, and still are today, an abomination to the Lord. These impure and unnatural sins brought God's wrath upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19), and the Lord is no less displeased with such sinners today.

But He chose Abraham through whom to bless the world. 
"Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness" (Rom. 4:3). Remarkable difference!

When our Lord Jesus Christ came upon this earthly scene He found His own people as far from God as the Gentiles. In the temple He quoted Isaiah 56:7 regarding the deplorable conditions there: "My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Mark 11:17).

And because this attitude toward the Messiah continued, God set the nation aside to raise up that other Apostle, who said to the saved Gentiles at Ephesians: 
 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13).

It is because these Gentiles were saved, they had trusted in the finished work of Calvary's cross and were "made nigh by the blood of Christ", that they were "in Christ Jesus". It is this same "believing", upon which believers today are "baptized into Jesus Christ".

"In Whom, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:7). 

Perhaps now you'll believe.

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 


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

-- William McGill

    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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WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN LIFE?

   Is the Christian life just a process of believing the Christian doctrines, going to church, doing our "bit" for the church and Jesus? Is that it? 

    Sad to say, that is about all that "it" is for many. Is this what God had in mind when He gave His only Son to die on a cross? If it is, then all the facts which we believe with incredible tenacity are nothing more than evangelical fiction.
 
    Jesus didn't die on a cross to give us facts of history, or His story, as some have said. He gave us the facts concerning Himself in order that the facts would function within and through us. The question that looms large in my mind is, "How do these facts function?" How can I as a believer have the fact of His indwelling function within me?
 
    Ready? Here's how! Paul, the apostle, writing to the Thessalonians in his first epistle, chapter 5, verse 18 says, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." This is not a suggestion of something we might think about as a good idea. This is an imperative, a command. 

    How can we possibly "Give thanks in every situation," you ask? I know of only one way. In the knowledge that He, the Lord Jesus, is in absolute control of every circumstance with which we will ever be confronted.
 
    We have the privilege of thanking Him in advance for what He is going to do. We can rest in His ability in response to our availability.
 
    There is a catch. Verse 19 of 1 Thessalonians 5, "Quench not the Spirit." Ominous words. Within the context, how does one "quench the Spirit?" Quite simply, by not giving thanks. Another way to put it is to grumble and complain. We cannot give thanks and whine at the same time. It is impossible. If we want the activity of God to cease in our life, all we need to do is grumble and complain.


1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

  Prayer for America 

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

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 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 fulness of Christ:" 

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS
by C. R. Stam 

Strange, is it not, that when men are successful, they generally credit themselves liberally for their success but when things go wrong they begin to blame others -- even God. 

The writer does not have up-to-date information about two particular plots of ground in Moscow, but some years ago one of these was a beautiful garden, the other a patch of weeds. Above each there was a sign. Over the one: "This plot is cared for by the United Soviet Socialist Republic," over the other: "This plot is cared for by God"! 

Evidently the atheistic Soviets who hatched this "bright idea" did not stop to think that only God could produce the beautiful flowers in the USSR plot. All their watering and cultivating would have been in vain except for the God they deny. 

As to the other plot, they probably did not even know that even in Eden God put the garden in man’s charge "to dress it and to keep it" (Gen. 2:15), and later, when man sinned, God said to Adam, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake" (Gen. 3:17). This is why the Soviets must employ a gardener to control the weeds in even their garden! How wrong and foolish, then, for man ever to blame God for anything that goes wrong for him or causes him trouble! 

Actually, when I have been asked: "If God is a God of love, why does He allow all this trouble and misery, and all this wickedness?" I have replied: "That’s easy. When God sent His Son into this world offering peace and righteousness and prosperity they cried: 'Away with Him' and nailed Him to a cross. If the Bible is true, and in this case it has surely proved to be true, how can this world expect peace while they still reject the Prince of Peace?" 


"There are many dangerous trends pulling folks away from true Bible Christianity. Many of the newer philosophies of ministry employ methods that are wholly carnal. Some have adopted objectives that have not one line of Scripture to support them, and some employ conduct that differs little from the world. " 

----Tozer


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THE RESURRECTION DAY
by C. R. Stam 

In Psalm 2:7 we find the prophetic words: "I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son: THIS DAY have I begotten Thee." 

Should we ask: "What day?" or "When was Christ officially declared to be the Son of God?" We will find the answer in Acts 13:33: 

"God hath fulfilled the same [promises] unto us... in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second Psalm: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee." 

So it was at Christ’s resurrection that the "decree" was made and He was "declared" to be the Son of God -- "begotten" in the larger sense of the word. 

This agrees with what we find in the first chapter of Romans, where St. Paul speaks of God’s good news, 

"Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power... by the resurrection from the dead" (Rom. 1:3,4). 

This is a wonderful truth. It was Christ’s resurrection from the dead in power that proved that He was indeed God the Son. And more wonderful still: it was our death He died at Calvary, so that He might impart to us this everlasting resurrection life. In Eph. 2:2,3, we are all declared to have been "the children of disobedience" and therefore "by nature the children of wrath," but see how this passage continues: 

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:4-6). 

Thus, because of Christ’s finished work of salvation, those who place their trust in Him are given His resurrection life and "bless-ed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). This is their RESURRECTION DAY! 


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THE GRACE OF GOD IS CONTINUAL IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER. 

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FREEDOM'S FOUNDATION 
 By Miles Sanford
"I have been crucified with Christ, and I myself no longer live" (Gal. 2:20, Wms.). 

Upon conversion, the new believer feels that every opposition to a joyous, fruitful Christian life has been overcome once for all. Later, when the world and self begin to insinuate themselves once again, he thinks that determination and self-effort will keep him free. Finally, after a seemingly endless struggle, the defeated believer is brought back to the Cross. Here is the source of liberation from the power of self and the  world.

"Sinners are not saved until they trust the Saviour, and saints are not delivered until they trust the Deliverer. God has made both possible through the Cross of His Son." ---L.S.C. 

"The believer can never overcome the 'old man' even by the power of' the 'new' apart from the work of the Cross, and therefore the death of Christ is indispensable, and unless the Cross is made the basis upon which he overcomes the 'old nature,' he only drops into another form of morality; in other words, he is seeking by self-effort to overcome sin and self, and the struggle is a hopeless one." - C.U. 

"Just as the Lord Jesus came into this world where this old humanity was and came into it not to ally Himself with it but to take it into death by the Cross, even so He now by the Holy Spirit, in regeneration, comes into us where there is this old fallen life and not to ally Himself with it, but to hold it in the place of death by the same means - His Cross." - N.D. 

"But may it never be mine to boast of anything but the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world!" (Gal. 6:14, Wms.). 
 

     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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THREE TIMES WHEN THE LORD WOULDN'T ANSWER*
* by C. R. Stam***
*
In the various accounts of our Lord's earthly ministry we find 
three occasions when He declined to answer those who appealed to Him or 
questioned Him.

First there is the Gentile woman of Matthew 15:21-28. Her daughter was 
possessed of a demon and in her trouble she appealed to the Lord to help 
her, "but He answered her not a word." Finally, in His grace He did help 
her, but not until He had taught her the lesson that as a Gentile she 
had no claim on Him. As Romans 1:28 tells us, the Gentiles had been 
"given up" because "they did not like to retain God in their knowledge." 
In this connection we Gentiles should read carefully Ephesians 2:11,12 
and see how utterly without hope we are apart from the grace of God.

Next there was a Jewess, in trouble of a different kind. She had been 
caught in adultery and was brought to him for judgment (John 8:1-11). 
Unlike the Gentile woman, she belonged to the chosen race and possessed 
God's holy Law, a distinct advantage -- unless you are a law-breaker. 
Our Lord also helped her in grace, but not until He had demonstrated 
that the law is the great leveler of mankind, bringing all guilty before 
God (Rom.3:19).

But finally we find how it was that our Lord could show grace -- and do 
it justly -- to both Jew and Gentile, for in the third instance we find 
the Lord Himself in trouble. On trial for His life before the 
representatives of Hebrew and Roman law, He is accused of all sorts of 
wicked crimes. But on this occasion too, He declines to answer.

First Caiaphas, the High Priest, said to Him: "Answerest Thou nothing? 
What is it which these witness against Thee? But Jesus held His 
peace..." (Matt. 26:62,63).

Next Pilate, the Gentile judge, said: "Hearest Thou not how many things 
they witness against Thee? And He answered him to never a word; insomuch 
that the governor marveled greatly" (Matt.27:13-14).

Why did our Lord not answer and defend Himself? Because He had come into 
the world specially to die for man's sins. Had the sinners of all ages 
been there to accuse Him of their sins, He would still have remained 
speechless for He stood there as man's representative, so that we might 
be "justified freely by God's grace, through the redemption that is in 
Christ Jesus" (Rom.3:24).


**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, Paris

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EFFORTLESS GRACE 
By M. Stanford

"God. . , called me by His grace, to reveal His
Son in me" (Gal. 1 :15, 16).

Just think! Our Father has placed us in eternal and living union with His Son, that He, not we, may "be." Moreover, He has placed His Holy Spirit eternally within us that He, not we, may "do." Further, He has given us the necessary faith and Scripture that we may rest in this wonderful reality, trusting Him "to will and to do of His good pleasure." This is a far cry from futile struggle and frustrating Self-effort!

"Christians in the main groan and strive and struggle largely on the basis of human effort where the grace of God, though acknowledged, is scarcely operative - only to come to grief. Even at their best, they find the purpose of the Lord Jesus remains an ideal infinitely beyond their reach. The trouble lies in the fact that they are proceeding on the wrong basis.

"God does not expect them, as a result of their own endeavors, to be like the Lord Jesus. He expects them to realize the utter impossibility of such a thing (as in Romans Seven, where Paul comes to the end of himself). He expects them to know the Lord Jesus as their very life, disowning any other. He expects them to realize their position of absolute oneness with Christ, for He 'has blessed them with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places .in Christ' (Eph. 1:3)." -F.J.H.

"Be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (II Tim. 2:1, ASV).

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all sufficient, be glorified!" 

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WALKING IN HIM
Part  5
Conclusion
BY RICHARD JORDAN 

STABLISHED IN "THE FAITH" 

"Stablished in "the faith", as ye have been taught'---it is only as the truth of God's grace is more and more understood and assured that we grow and are stabilized in our spiritual lives. 

There is no getting away from the word "faith"! In this instance it is referring to the doctrine taught by the Apostle Paul 
 
As we store up the "word of His grace" in our soul, it builds stability in our lives and gives us the ability to stand against the pressures and trials of life and to experience our adult sonship status as members of the Body of Christ. 

The issue is sound doctrine. Paul exhorts,
 
      "HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS, WHICH THOU HAST HEARD OF ME, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 
      "THAT GOOD THING WHICH WAS COMMITTED UNTO THEE KEEP BY THE HOLY GHOST WHICH DWELLETH IN US" (II Tim. 1:13,14). 

Just as Satan directly opposed Israel's kingdom program while Christ was on earth, so he has his policy of opposition to God's present program of grace. Hence Paul warns in Colossians 2:8,
 
      "BEWARE LEST ANY MAN SPOIL YOU THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT, AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN, AFTER THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD, AND NOT AFTER CHRIST."
 
Clearly there are other programs in the world besides God's program. There is a Satanic policy of evil in operation against us. Its clear objective is to "spoil" the believer. This is a military term that speaks of being taken as a captive. Satan wants to take believers captive to his program-to make us "prisoners of war," as it were, and rob us of our possession-thus neutralizing us in the battle. Some of these other programs are listed for us in Colossians 2:16, 18, 19:
 
      "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon or of the Sabbath days: 
      "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. 
      "And NOT HOLDING THE HEAD, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
 
The underlying problem with all these other programs is summed up in the charge that they are "not holding the Head." In other words, these systems hinder the believer from realizing and remembering who we are in Christ-that we are in Him and that our spiritual nourishment flows from Him. The result is a failure to be established as we should be. 

As to properly "holding the Head," Colossians 3: 1,2 is excellent commentary: 

     "If ye then be risen with Christ, SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST SITTETH ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. 

     "SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH." 

As we fix our hearts on Him; as all we have in Him and all that God is doing in Him become the focus that controls and dominates our lives, we find that this has a transforming effect and we are soon 

ABOUNDING THEREIN WITH THANKSGIVING. 

This is the only true response of an intelligent understanding of God's grace! It is what makes us spiritually vital and vigorous. As we become firmly established in "the faith"-as these truths take root in our lives-we begin to abound in thanksgiving and true gratitude to God. 

The true motivation for faithful service is a heart filled to overflowing with gratitude to God for all He has given us as a free gift of His grace through what Christ has done at Calvary when He died for our sins and rose again to be our life. Paul declares: 

      "FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST CONSTRAINETH US ... " (II Cor. 5:14). 

This is true grace motivation. When His great love for us begins to abound in our understanding, we can do nothing else but 

      "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS: AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE" (Phil. 4:4). 


 



    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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WALKING IN HIM
Part  4
BY RICHARD JORDAN 

BUILT UP IN HIM 

This is the balance of the equation: We are "rooted and built up in Him." The former is our permanent position in Christ; the latter is its present impact. Our position in Christ is designed so as to have a practical effect in the details of our lives. Galatians 2:20 sets this forth in familiar words: 

      "I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME .... " 

We have been crucified with Christ---thus we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin (Rom. 6:11). We were buried with Him---thus we are to put off the old corrupt man (Eph. 4:22). We have been raised together with Christ---thus we set our affection on things above (CoL 3:2). We have been seated in heavenly places in Christ---hence we have free and unrestricted access to God with boldness and confidence (Eph. 3:12). The former is our position; the latter is our privilege---all in Him.
 
How do we make these spiritual realities part of our experience? This is achieved "by the hearing of faith." 

      "This only would I learn of you, RECEIVED YE THE SPIRIT BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, OR BY THE HEARING OF FAITH?" 
      "Are ye so foolish? HAVING BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT, ARE YE NOW MADE PERFECT BY THE FLESH?" (Gal. 3:2,3). 

Faith is trusting God's word rather than our own human reasoning. God says all believers are in Christ and thus, for example, "dead to sin but alive unto God." When we actually believe this and make decisions based on the truth of it, we allow the Holy Spirit the freedom to take this truth and liberate us from sinful actions and attitudes, replacing them with "righteousness and true holiness."
 
As we by faith build into our lives what Scriptures tell us Christ is doing today, we are filling our lives with the resources that enable us to reflect who we are in Him. Only as we do what He is doing are we building up our lives. Anything other than this is tearing down, destroying rather than edifying. This is why a correct, sound understanding of the rightly divided word is vital to our spiritual life and health. This is the only means of gaining a viewpoint of life that corresponds to God's viewpoint. 

When Jude 20 speaks of being built up in the most holy faith, he is referring to the same issue Paul sets forth in Acts 20:32, 

      "And now, brethren, I commend you to God and TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE, WHICH IS ABLE TO BUILD YOU UP, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." 

This is God's building program for the believer---daily being built up in Christ by the word of His grace. Grace is what builds and motivates the Christian life. Titus 2:11,12 speaks of grace "teaching us'----teaching us how God has blessed us in Christ is the Holy Spirit's way to get us to respond in love and obedience to God's love for us.
 
As we build into our lives the things that Christ has provided us by His grace, we are built up in Him. The more fully we come to understand and believe to be true all that God has freely provided for us in Christ, the more assuredly can the Holy Spirit take those truths and set them free in our daily lives to have their designed impact. 

This is what Paul refers to when he exhorts: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom" (CoL 3:16). To "dwell" is to "settle down and feel at home" As God's grace to us In Christ becomes so real and familiar to us that it is at home in our lives, a supernatural transformation begins to take place---our position comes alive in our practice! 

The issue in being built up in Him is, of course, edification. "Godly edifying" comes only as we erect an edifice or structure of sound doctrine in our souls. This internal spiritual edifice gives us the stability, protection and motivation to function as members of the Body of Christ should. The more we learn about who God has made us in Christ, the more able we are to function appropriately. 

         
     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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WALKING IN HIM
Part  3
BY RICHARD JORDAN 

Just as our hand is in living union with our arm which in turn is in living union with the trunk of our body---on up to our head; so each member of our body shares the life of all the body. Each member of the human body is one with all the body and equally has the life of the body in it. So it is that we are in living union with Christ. Hence Galatians 3:29 argues: 

      "And if YE BE CHRIST'S, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." 

We are Christ's---His possessions. We belong to Him just as the members of our human bodies belong to us. This is all accomplished by our being "baptized into Christ." That this baptism is "the operation of God" and not of a preacher or priest is clear from I Corinthians 12:13: 

      "For BY ONE SPIRIT ARE WE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free: and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." 

Baptism is, of course, a "bug-a-boo" in the Church today. If you want to cause strife among believers, just mention the topic of baptism. It is still "Religious T-N-T"! Too many carelessly assume that the only baptism found in Scripture is water baptism and thus fail to appreciate the "one baptism" that God has in operation in this current dispensation. 

Our baptism is "by one Spirit." Clearly this is not a water ceremony nor is it the baptism with the Spirit of Pentecost-a baptism performed by Christ (Matt. 3:11, Acts 1:5). This baptism is the Holy Spirit taking believing sinners and identifying them in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that they are said to be one with Him. Indeed, Colossians 2:10 tells us: 

      "AND YE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power." 

Everything He has done has become ours. A simple illustration might help to explain our oneness with Christ: If a person commits a crime, say a robbery, with his right hand, his left hand goes to jail too (along with the rest of his body)! The left hand cannot stand before the judge and argue that it should not be put in jail, that it did nothing wrong. Rather, that person's whole being was involved in the crime---and also, justly, in the sentence. 

In just this way we are said to be "crucified with Christ." How? Because we are "in Him" made one with Him by "the operation of God." Not only this, but we have been buried with Him. raised with Him and seated with Him. What all this means to us is explained in Ephesians 1:3: 

      "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST." 

And what are these spiritual blessings? Just read and meditate on Ephesians 1:4-14 for a few moments and you will be richly rewarded with the beginnings of a list: chosen, sanctified, predestinated, adopted, welcomed and accepted, redeemed, forgiven, enlightened, sealed and much more---all in Him. To walk "rooted in Him" is to see these wonderful truths in God's word with the eye of faith. 

God's program today is not found in religious activities---observing days, performing pious works, ceremonial correctness or the like. Rather, it is all based in being rooted in Christ---God Himself placing believing sinners into living union with His Son and making them one with Him and all He has accomplished through the cross of Calvary. 

Our walk is based upon our being planted into the good soil of salvation in Christ.

    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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ll that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. 
Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do everything, 
prayer is omnipotent.  R.A. Torrey

SCRIPTURES FOR TODAY

(Rom 8:31) What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, 
who [can be] against us?

(Rom 12:12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing 
instant in prayer;

(2Co 9:14) And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the 
exceeding grace of God in you.

(Eph 6:18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the 
Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication 
for all saints;

(Col 4:2) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

(1Ti 4:5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
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WALKING IN HIM
Part  1
BY RICHARD JORDAN 
 To attempt to do service for God without knowledge of the current program He has in operation is only to court disaster. 

The writer, for example, speaks each year at a number of annual Bible conferences. Each conference has its own schedule and program. To use the program from, let's say, the Florida conference in the Ohio meeting or last year's program at this year's California conference would result in untold confusion. Times and topics would be hopelessly confounded and little possibility would exist for a successful meeting. It goes without saying that we must follow the current program for each conference if we hope for them to be conducted in an orderly fashion. 

How much more is this true where the program of God is concerned. We simply must follow the current program---the one God Himself has in place today. 

It should be the heartfelt desire of all believers to have the will of God executed in the details of their lives. While volumes have been written and spoken on this subject, it really is not as complicated as it often seems. Simply put: if you want to do the will of God in your life, find out what God is doing and do that! If you are doing what God is doing, you are doing the will of God. 

In order to have God's will working actively in our lives and ministries, we must get in line with and become participants in what He is doing today. This is the only way to avoid working under the energy of the flesh. 

There is nothing more discouraging than trying in our own energy and power, with our own abilities and resources, to serve God and make the Christian life "work" successfully. Who does not know something of the discouragement of such efforts! 
 
But does not this provide an insight to the cause of the confusion, impotency and division which have plagued the church of Jesus Christ for most of its history? By not clearly recognizing what God Himself is actually doing in the dispensation of grace, by failing to "rightly divide the word of truth," much of Christendom continues to seek to do things that God Himself has rendered inoperative and out of place. 

Although often ignored, the dispensational approach to the Scripture provides much needed instruction about the different programs God has had in operation at different stages of revelation. One of the tremendous benefits of studying the Bible dispensationally is a clear recognition of what God is not doing today, an identification of things that once were a part of His program but which are not a part of our current administration of grace. 

Because of the importance of this aspect of our study, there is a tendency among some dispensationalists to emphasis the negatives---to focus primarily on what God is not doing today so as to eliminate the demand for confusing and unworthy practices. We must, however, also be careful to "accentuate the positive"---to give adequate attention to just what God is doing today so we understand just what makes up the current program and purpose of God. 

One passage that does just this in "nutshell" form is Colossians 2:6,7. Paul declares: 

      "AS ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, SO WALK YE IN HIM: 
      "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." 

Often the Apostle Paul describes the Christian life as a "walk." This is a very instructive term: We know what it is to walk---to make steady 
progress, one step at a time, through life. In Scripture the term is thus used to describe that steady forward process through life that is to mark a child of God as he day by day serves his Savior.  

But how is this to be accomplished? What makes this walk possible? Paul makes the answer clear with an "as ... so" comparison: 

      "AS ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, SO walk ye in him" (v. 6).  
     
      The "as ... so" combinations of Scripture are important helps for our understanding. Paul uses something we do understand to illuminate something he wants us to understand.       
 
      "AS ye have therefore received Christ'". And how did you receive Him? The  previous verse leaves no doubt as to the intended answer:   "For though I  be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST" (Col. 2:5).       

We were saved by grace through faith. We received by faith the gift God offered us by His grace.   

    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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"RESTING IN HIS REST"
By M. Stanford
"Now the just shall live by faith" (Heb. 10:38).

Until we grow beyond the childish realm of sight and feelings we cannot go forward; up and down, and sideways, but not forward.

"Our Father wants us in the place where we do not depend upon feelings; where, though we do not behold Him, though we do not sense Him, we shall 'endure as beholding Him who is invisible.' He wants us where we can trust Him through darkness and apparent separation, as unflinchingly as in light and fellowship; where we know that His banner, Love, is always floating over us, though it is so dark that we cannot see it.

"There is no grace in delighting in the presence and favor of the Father when they are resting consciously and continuously upon us; for this rejoicing comes from sight and feelings. But there is precious grace in that delight which is not dependent upon His favors, nor upon our enjoyment of them; but which is wholly dependent and has its source in the Father's explicit Word, and His eternal faithfulness." --C.H.Macl.

"When circumstances seem impossible, when all signs of grace in you seem at their lowest ebb, when temptation is fiercest, when love and joy and hope seem well nigh extinguished in your heart, then rest, without feeling and without emotion, in the Father's faithfullness; abide in the fact that He loves you infinitely, and even now is working in you faithfully; and honor Him, and put the enemy to flight by taking to yourself the words of Job: 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.' 'I have prayed for thee' (says the One who ever lives to make intercession for us) 'that thy faith fail not.' " --D.T.

"Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward" (Heb. 10:35).

  Just Think you are here,
  Not by chance but by God's choosing.
  His hand formed you
  And made you the person you are.
  He compares you to no one else - you are one of a kind.
  You lack nothing that His grace can't give you.
  He has allowed you to be here at this time in history
  To fulfill His special purpose for this generation.


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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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PROGRESSIVE REVELATION 
By Pastor Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21 

Two of the smallest words in the Bible actually carry the greatest impact of how we understand Scripture. These two words are, "but now." While the Bible is the Word of God from cover to cover, it was not all given at once or to the same audience. What was spoken to one group of people in an earlier time may not directly apply to another group of people in later times. This is called the principle of "Progressive Revelation," and we find many examples of this in Scripture. 

In Romans 3:21, the apostle Paul writes, "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets." At one time, the law of Moses played an integral part in righteousness. Not that the law itself could bring righteousness, it could not. But before the dispensation of the grace of God was committed to Paul (see Ephesians 3:1, 2), the law was God's prescribed method of demonstrating the righteousness which comes by faith. In other words, if a godly Jew under the law wanted to show that he believed God, there was only one way to do it: be in obedience to the law. Therefore, while the law did not bring righteousness, keeping the law went hand in hand with living a righteous life. 

But according to Romans 3:21, God's righteousness is no longer associated with law-keeping. This is why Paul goes on to proclaim, "for ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:14b). Those who do not recognize the principle of progressive revelation continue to draw people back under the law with its sabbaths and ordinances. But let us rather move on in grace! 

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

    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 WAY UP IS DOWN"
By M. Stanford


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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