Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Water Baptism And The Future Day Of The Lord - by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


The following was our response to a friend who inquired if baptism would be practiced again in the future Tribulation.


It does appear that water baptism will play a role in the terms of salvation during the coming day of the Lord. We know, for example, the gospel of the kingdom will again be preached, which included this water ceremony (Matt. 24:14 cf. Mark 16:15,16). When baptism was practiced by John and the twelve it was to manifest Christ to Israel (John 1:31). This will again be needful during the future Tribulation period following the Rapture. Since Israel was to be a kingdom of priests it was essential for John the Baptist to baptize believing Israelites into the priesthood (Ex. 19:5,6; 29:1-4; Isa. 61:6). It will be necessary for this to be continued during the time of Jacob’s Trouble as well. As we know, in time past, water baptism symbolized the washing away of Israel’s sins. While this aspect of the water rite will be replaced with the understanding that believing Israel will be redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (I Pet. 1:18,19), baptism will still be observed as an expression of faith in Christ’s death.

It is our firm conviction that water baptism will again be practiced when God resumes the prophetic program in the coming day of the Lord. God will pick up right where He left off at Pentecost. What we witness in Acts Chapters 2 and 3 will be reinstated at the beginning of the Tribulation.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST - By JON D. BEKEMEYER - Pastor



NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST 
JON D. BEKEMEYER - Pastor

         Scripture Reading: Romans 8: 1

To many, the word condemnation always indicates eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire. While it is true that because we are in Christ we are saved from eternal judgment, that is not the point of Romans 8:1. What is condemnation? According to Webster, condemnation is to "disapprove of strongly, to declare guilty of wrongdoing."

With the proper definition, one must readily admit that the believer can be condemned. Even a casual reading of the verse indicates that those who walk after the flesh have condemnation. This is also supported by the context.

A similar idea is expressed by the word damnation. The word damnation sometimes expresses eternal judgment, but certain passages indicate that this is not always so. For example, 1 Corinthians 11:32 says that a believer who partakes of the Lord's Supper unworthily (i.e. without discerning the Lord's Body), eats and drinks damnation to himself. Does that mean if one partakes of the Lord's Supper while his mind is on carnal things, he will go to Hell? Of course not. It indicates that such activity is seriously wrong and will be dealt with by chastisement (see context and Romans 13:2; 14:23 & 1 Timothy 5: 12).

Thus, there are two criteria in Romans 8:1 to escape condemnation: to be in Christ (everything about the unbeliever is under condemnation) and to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Let's all seriously contemplate this truth today. 



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Monday, July 11, 2016

HOW CAN WE ALL SAY THE SAME THING? - John McKay


Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 1:10


"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." How can we say the same thing when there are so many different positions on remarriage after divorce, Scripture versions, contemporary music, and ecumenical evangelism. It is not enough to say that we must follow Christ Who is the Head ofthe Body, because all claim to follow Him! Neither is it enough to say that we should follow the Apostle Paul as he follows the Lord Jesus. Certainly most Bible-believing people claim that the Epistles of Paul are extremely important to them! The solution actually lies in what the Lord Jesus gave to Paul to instruct us about our personal attitudes. Don't think of yourself more highly than you ought to think (Romans 12:3). Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another ... Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits" (Romans '12:10-16).

We must determine the essential doctrines of the Bible and obey from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to us from the Lord Jesus by His true teachers! At the same time, we cannot fuss with one another. We must submit ourselves one to another in the fear of God. Read Romans 6:17 and Ephesians 5:17-21 in the context. By the grace and wisdom of God; we must find that balance between standing firm for the Truth (as we have been taught it) and getting along with those who are saved and walking orderly according to the Word of God.

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

WHICH PROGRAM? - By J. C. O'Hair


When we think of the many, many Christians who prefer the program of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke to the message and program of grace which the risen Lord later revealed to Paul, we are not surprised that most church members act as though they were Old Testament religious sraelites instead of members of the Body of Christ in this age and economy of grace.

Is it not significant that the apostle Paul was the only servant of the Lord to speak of the Church of the Mystery as "the Body of Christ," the Joint-Body? Paul wrote about one-half of the Books from Matthew to Revelation. In all of his writings and recorded oral ministry, Paul never referred to the kingdom parables of Jesus of Nazareth, the Sermon on the Mount, the "Our Father" prayer, nothing in detail as to what Christ did and taught while He was a Minister of the circumcision. On the contrary, Paul wrote: "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 Himselfby Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation" (II Corinthians 5:16-19).

I once was blind and did not see What Christ, the Lord, had done for me: But by God's grace I now have sight, Through faith in Christ, Who is my light. 



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Three Gospels - By J. C.. O'Hair


Three Gospels
J. C.. O'Hair 

 1—And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23.

2—When they saw that the GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION was committed unto me (Paul). Galatians 2:7.

3—As the GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION was unto Peter. Three preachers are mentioned in the Scriptures which we have quoted. Three GOSPELS are mentioned. The Gospels preached by the three preachers are called; by three different names.

There are Christian preachers and Bible teachers who insist that there is but one Gospel in the Bible; that there are many different names given to the same Gospel. In Romans 2:16, Romans 16:25 and II Timothy 2:8, Paul writes of “my Gospel”.

In II Timothy 1:12 he writes of “my deposit” (literal translation from the Greek). In I Timothy 1:11 he writes, “according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed unto my trust” In Galatians 1:11 and 12 Paul writes that he received the Gospel, that he preached, by the revelation of Jesus Christ. In Acts 20:24 Paul declared “my course” “I received of the Lord Jesus”, “to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.” In Ephesians 3:1 to 3, Paul writes as the prisoner of Jesus Christ for Gentiles with the dispensation of the grace of God “given me to you-ward (Gentiles)”, and the mystery, “by revelation He made known unto me.” In II Corinthians 4:4 Paul’s message is the Gospel of the glory of Christ. In II Corinthians 5:18, “the ministry of reconciliation” in which the messenger is used by the Lord to beseech and to pray, to men that they be reconciled to God.

In the following Scriptures we read of Paul’s Divine authority for preaching to the Gentiles; Acts 22:17 to 21, Acts 9:15, Galatians 1:16, Galatians 2:9, Romans 11:13, Romans 15:16, Ephesians 3:8 and 9, Colossians 1:24 to 28, I Timothy 2:7, II Timothy 1:11; II Timothy 4:17.

In the light of the Scriptures which we have quoted, and in the light of all of Paul’s messages to the Gentiles, it is certainly not the mark of spiritual intelligence to teach that there is only one Gospel in the Bible. And to teach that the Lord Jesus Christ committed to Peter and Paul the same ministry is unworthy of any intelligent student of the Scriptures. To so teach is to wholly ignore II Timothy 2:15, rightly dividing the Word of truth. Undoubtedly we have observed that the disciples of Alexander Campbell, the disciples of Mrs. White (Seventh-Day Adventists), the disciples of Pastor Charles Russell (Jehovah’s Witnesses), the Pentecostalists, the Church of God disciples, and many other groups of religious people, have propagated a counterfeit Christianity with great zeal and sincerity, because their teachers have kept their followers wholly ignorant of Paul’s “my gospel”, “my deposit”, “the Dispensation of the Grace of God”, the unsearchable (untraceable) riches of Christ for the Gentiles”, “the Gospel of the glory of the blessed God committed to Paul’s trust”; and have led them into their religious confusion or delusion by giving them Jesus’ “gospel of the kingdom”, claiming prophecies made to the Nation Israel, or Peter’s Gospel of the circumcision given to Israel, in fulfillment of the prophecies to the Nation Israel.

Fundamental Bible teachers are somewhat to blame for these conditions, because they fail to show the difference between these different Gospels and continue to be like parrots and sheep in teaching that the last commissions of Jesus to His apostles were the great commission of Matthew 28:19 and 20 and the orders in Acts 1:8. The Commissions of Galatians 1:11 to 18; Galatians 2:7 to 9, Ephesians 3:1 to 9, Colossians 1:24 to 28, II Timothy 1:12; II Timothy 1:14, and II Timothy 2:2 are much later commissions. And unless they are adopted by the Church of Christ there is no scriptural cure for the abounding and ever-increasing number of heresies and counterfeit Christian movements in which another gospel is being preached.

Christ gave a program to the Twelve, in Matthew 10:5 to 10, for the Twelve Tribes, which He never gave to Paul for the Gentiles. Christ gave to Eleven of the same Twelve a commission in Matthew 28:19 and 20 and Mark 16:14 to 18, which He never gave to Paul or to us for the Gentiles.

Christ never authorized Paul to preach to Gentiles of this dispensation the kingdom message and program of John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus, or the Twelve. Paul never preached Acts 2:38 to any Gentile. Acts 3:14 to 21 and Acts 5:29 to 32 is not the Gospel of the Grace of God. And no Gentile believers are authorized by the Lord to follow the order of Acts 8:5 to 16 or Acts 19:2 to 7.

Christ committed to Peter and his associates the Gospel of the circumcision. They preached the message to one company of God-fearing, Israel-loving Gentiles, in the Book of Acts, the Word which God sent to Israel. Acts 10:36. Mark in the first ten chapters of Acts where Peter with the Eleven preached justification, reconciliation or the unsearchable riches of Christ, or one word concerning the Body of Christ and the believer’s identification with the risen Christ, seated with Christ in the heavenlies. As humble, spiritual, diligent students of the Word of God, if we will be Bereans, and obey Philippians 1:10, “test the things that differ” (R. V.), we shall learn that the Pauline truth given him from the risen Christ for the Church, which is His body, is the answer to every religious cult and counterfeit Christian movement that is menacing the Body of Christ, leading multitudes into error, corrupting the Word of God, and frustrating the grace of God.

This should lead all spiritual students of the Word of God to the conclusion that if the Body of Christ, described in Ephesians and Colossians, began on the day of Pentecost, at some later date a most radical change in that Church’s message and program occurred. When did it occur?

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Mighty Power Of God - By by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive made of nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material. It was by far the most powerful explosive that had so far been invented.

When Nobel and his friends saw what his invention could do, and had to decide on a name, they sought for the strongest possible word for power — in any language. The word they finally chose was the Greek word dunamis, from which our word dynamite is derived.

This word, in Greek also the strongest word for power, is used again and again in the New Testament and is generally translated simply “power”.

When our Lord wrought miracles, for example, St. Luke testifies that “the POWER [dunamis] of the Lord was present to heal” (Luke 5:17). In promising His apostles that they too would work miracles, He said: “Ye [shall] be endued with POWER [dunamis] from on high”(Luke 24:49).

When the Sadducees questioned the resurrection, Jesus answered: “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the POWER [dunamis] of God” (Matthew 22:29), and St. Paul declares that Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with POWER [dunamis]…by the resurrection from the dead”(Romans 1:4).

Using this same word, Paul, by inspiration, declares that “the gospel of Christ…is THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, to every one that believeth…” (Rom. 1:16). This is because, according to this gospel, or good news, “CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS”, and “THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS”, he says, is to believers “THE POWER OF GOD”(I Corinthians 1:18).

But not only are believers saved by the power of God; they are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD” (IPet. 1:5). Indeed, the adjective of this same word “dunamis” is used in Hebrews 7:25, where we read that the Lord Jesus Christ is “ABLE…TO SAVE…TO THE UTTERMOST [THOSE] THAT COME UNTO GOD BY HIM”. Thus the Bible uses the very strongest word for power to show how secure is the salvation of those who trust in Christ.




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THE WINDS AND SEA OBEY HIM - By Donald Webb



Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:27

The winds and the sea obeyed Him, but did His people? Having finished the sermon on the mount, the Lord began a series of miracles such as had not been seen in Israel for hundreds of years. As we begin Matthew chapter 8, it must be kept in mind that not since Elisha had there been a miracle-working prophet in Israel! Did that make the Lord's miracles special? Absolutely! These things did not justpersonification) of God. This is precisely why the Lord did these miraculous signs-to demonstrate His Deity! John bears witness of this fact later in John 20:20, 31. Jesus wasGod, and He was Israel's King!

With so many infallible proofs, we see the remarkable words of Matthew 11:20: "Then began He to upbraid the cities in which most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not." Think of it! The Creator God, He who has control over the very elements of the physical creation, stands ejected by His people! Alas! But God knew from the beginning what would happen. He knew also of Israel's next words: "Crucify Him!" He knew of their continued rejection of the kingdom offer through the risen Christ at Pentecost. He knew that they would stone Stephen and thus conclude themselves in unbelief along with the Gentiles. But the most glorious truth of all: He knew that then He would reveal the mystery of His will-His sacred secret given to the world through Paul-to display the riches of His grace in building from two, one NEW man, the Body of Christ! The Christ who once wrought miracles in Israel is now Head of a new Church-His Body! And what of the favored nation and her kingdom? Read Romans chapter 11,


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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SERVANTS OBEY YOUR MASTERS - By Ivan 1. Burgener


Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:22-24


"Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the
Lord Christ."

God's Word through the Apostle Paul to the converted servants or slaves in the church at Colosse was just as clear to them as it is to us. These slaves, even though redeemed by the precious blood of Christ or rather because they were redeemed-were to obey. Really, blind obedience? Read the words='fn all things .... " But what if their masters were not saved? Saved or not, the masters were held accountable for their commands. Slaves were to obey.

No doubt there was a sizeable number of the Colossian church saved in the social ranks of slavery. What should be their response to masters? We can well imagine the problem of a believing slave carrying out the orders of an unsaved master. And while serving a believing master might seem asier, yet there would be the problem of being subject to one who was a fellow member of Christ's one Body. To our aroused social consciousness continued slavery in the church might seem unthinkable, but the existing order was not abolished. Surely the grace of God would work out all these problems if given a chance to work.

 For those saved under that social system, they were to honor the Lord by being obedient and not just when their master was watching! Perhaps the nearest setting in our free society today would be that of obeying our boss or supervisor in our work. We "serve the Lord Christ" by doing a good job! 





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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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POWERS ORDAINED OF GOD - By Ivan Burgener

  

 POWERS ORDAINED OF GOD 
By Ivan Burgener


"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· (Rom. 13:1). These words are clear and shocking. Their clarity gives no room for misunderstanding, yet some find it, impossible to esteem world leaders as "ordained of God," and "the minister of God ......for good" (v. 4). They feel it must refer to a pastor or spiritual leader. A pastor or shepherd might wield a shepherd's staff, but could he bear "a sword .." or be "a revenger to execute wrath "on the evil doer" (v. 4)?

The words, "Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God" might give pause to a Jewish believer, for God had written, "thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, who is not thy brother" (Dt. 17:15). But with the captivity of Judah, God commanded all nations to obey His servant, Nebuchadnezzar! (See Jer. 27:6-8.) Thus the times of the Gentiles began with Israel's captivity and servitude. Now God warns us through Paul that "they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation" (i.e., judgment by the ruler).

"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil" (v. 3-4). God forbids us to take vengeance because He has established government as His representative, "a revenger to execute [His] wrath" on evildoers.

"Wherefore we must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake," conscience because we know it is the right thing to do. And we should fear the wrath of "the powers that be" as well.

This passage shows the grace of God given us for service; first toward believing brethren, then toward the world, living peaceably as much as possible without being overcome with the evil of taking vengeance, and lastly to be subject to the government which God has placed in all nations throughout the world. If government oversteps its bounds, our path is clear, "We ought to obey God, rather than men" (Acts 5:29), even when there may be dire consequences as in Daniel 3 when Jews were commanded to worship an image of gold.

One observed long ago that the "times of the Gentiles" began with government enforced idolatry, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar, and that it might very well end the same. May we ever look to God for grace and courage.

"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers and for the praise of them that do well.

"For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

"Honor all men.
"Love the brotherhood.
"Fear God.
"Honor the king." (1 Peter 2:13-17)
 






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Friday, July 8, 2016

SEVEN CHURCHES OR SEVEN CHURCH AGES? - By JohnH.Balk



Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:4


 ... For THE TIME IS AT HAND, John to the seven churches which are in Asia" (Revelation 1:3 & 4). I take this to mean that John wrote to seven literal Hebrew churches (synagogues). John names and locates them. This would not be hard to believe, except for the church Fathers and tradition who say this cannot be. They date this prophecy between A.D. 90 and 96. Their appeal is to history and the fathers and not to the Word itself. This would be some twenty to twenty-five years after the overthrow of Jerusalem. By this time, the churches of Asia had been thoroughly Judaized. " ... all they which be in Asia be turned away from me" (II Timothy 1:15). This was A.D. 68. Ifthis book was written after Acts 28:28, then all is confusion and contradiction: it simply does not fit in. If Paul had preached the gospel of the grace of God to these churches, and John some twenty or thirty years later exhorts them in the gospel of the kingdom, John contradicts Paul. But if John wrote to these synagogues about A.D. 43-45, just before the Jerusalem Council, all is in harmony, (except

If in II Corinthians 12:2, the man in Christ above fourteen years ago was John and not Paul, talking about himself, it would date this prophecy about A.D. 43, just before the Jerusalem Council and contemporary with Matthew, Mark, James and Jude. John would be a young man in the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God (Revelation 1:9). He was still to "prophesy ... before many peoples" (Revelation 10:11). He was admonished not to write the things that he heard (Revelation 10:4 confer with II Corinthians 12:4). Prophecy has a near and a future fulfillment. The overthrow of the temple under Titus would be the near fulfillment. The future fulfillment awaits the Rapture of the Church, when God resumes His prophetic kingdom purpose with Israel. Think about it. The Church, which is Christ's Body, is nowhere seen in this book in type or symbol.

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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WAS PAUL TOO BUSY? - By Ivan L. Burgener


Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 1:14-17


Too busy for what? Water baptism? Come now! Can God's man be too busy in God's work to do God's will-if indeed God's will includes water baptism? Preposterous!

Oh yes, Paul was busy; for in comparison with the twelve, he labored "more abundantly than they all" (1 Corinthians 15:10). And for that matter, Paul's extensive imprisonments, sufferings, perils and "the care of all the churches" might have also been used by some to excuse Paul from the baptismal chore.

Why not listen to Paul's own stated reason for baptizing so few at the start and none in his later ministry. "Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the gospel." Peter could not have said that-nor could any of the twelve for that matter! Those clearly instructed by the risen Lord before Hisascension were told to "make disciples of all nations baptizing them ... " (Matthew 28:19). Now either Paul was more disobedient than they all, OR perhaps he was not laboring under that so-called "Great Commission"! Read the Lord's words from Heaven to Paul on the Damascus Road and later.Where do we read of the Lord telling Paul to pitch in and help the failing, carnal twelve who so lazily stayed by Jerusalem? If we may judge by present day standards, used by some preachers to measure their success, what better indication of response to the message than the preacher's baptismal record. No indeed. 1 submit that it is impossible for one man to "out baptize" twelve, unless the twelve were really derelict in their duty. We therefore conclude that Paul's God-given ministry did not include water baptism, but it did include and center in the merits of Christ's cross and God's sacred secretwhich He deposited to Paul's care!


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY? - By Floyd Baker










 WHAT IS THE MYSTERY? 
 By Floyd Baker 




Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-9,2:16


Some years ago we gave this question as a part of an assignment in one of our Bible classes, and we found the results to be quite interesting. Perhaps before you read this article you might like to write down your understanding of what the mystery is.

First of all, it should be understood that the word "mystery" is not confined to the writings of the apostle Paul; and secondly, in his writings the term is used in different passages and should be studied in context. For example, we read of "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 13:11). In Paul's writings we read of "the mystery of godliness" (I Timothy 3:16), also "the mystery of iniquity,"(II Thessalonians 2:7) as well as those which are directly related to the message of Paul (I Corinthians 15:51).

Turning now to our passage in Ephesians 3:1-9, Paul declares "his knowledge in the mystery of Christ." It is clear that Paul is revealing truth that he received by revelation, and it is not the subject of prophecy. We find that the "mystery" is essentially three things. "The Gentiles are FELLOWHEIRS, and of the SAME BODY, and PARTAKERS of his promise in Christ by the gospel whereof I was made a minister" (Ephesians 3:6, 7a). What we have is JOIN!' HEIRS, IN AJOIN!' BODY, and JOIN!' PARTAKERS of His promise. This is described in Ephesians 2:15 as a "NEW MAN." It is important for us to realize that Paul alone was given the responsibility and privilege of making known God's plan and purpose for the Body of Christ. We are not to confuse the "mystery" with God's program in prophecy for the Gentiles. (See Acts 15:13-18.) How precious should be the writings of Paul in understanding God's program today!


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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PROPHECY OR MYSTERY? - By Richard Jordan


Scripture Reading: Romans 16:25, 26

There is much interest astir in our day over prophetic things. Preachers and Bible teachers the land over are seeking to ready their hearers for what surely appears to be the "last days." Long-held pre-millennial truths are being dusted off, spruced up with new dressings and sent forth to "establish the saints." Since we are interested students of prophecy ourselves, we would certainly not discourage this interest; but remind our readers that the path to establishment and stability is not in understanding prophecy, but rather, as Paul says, God is "able to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery .... " 


There is a clear distinction in Scripture between prophecy and the mystery. In fact, the basic division in the Word is the division between the promised, prophesied program of God through Israel (Genesis 22:18, Acts 3:25, 26) and the mystery, the secret purpose of God made known through the apostle Paul  (Ephesians 3). When this distinction is clearly understood and maintained, the believer will be filled with the knowledge of His will and will no longer be tossed about by
various winds of doctrine. 


Consider one example of the value of understanding this distinction today. If you were able to identify the Anti-Christ (a favorite pastime of many!) orto figure the exact date when the two witnesses will show up, etc., what real good would it do you-considering that the Body will be gone before the 70th week of Daniel 9? But, if you clearly understand that what happened in Acts 2, for example, was the fulfillment of prophecy (as Acts 2:16 says) and thus could not be the program for today, (which is the Mystery because neither Joel nor Peter knew of it -See Ephesians 3: 1-5)--then the confusion of trying to follow a commission (Matthew 28, Mark 16, etc.), a plan of salvation (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38), a demonstration (Mark 16: 17, 18; Acts 2:4), an economic order (Acts 2:44, 4:32-34) that was never given to you in the first place, is easily dispelled! 



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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OBEYING THE GREAT COMMISSION - By Jim Shackleford


Scripture Reading: Acts 8:1


Among the several definitions given by Webster for the word commission are these two-l. a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties, 2. authority to act for, in behalf of or in the place of another.

The Kingdom Church was scattered abroad, and telling the gospel of the kingdom as they went; but Acts 11:19 says, .. they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution ... [preached] the word to none but unto the Jews only." We can hardly consider the scattering by fear and the telling to Jews only, to be in obedience to ANY commission.


 The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians, "the love of Christ constrains" or compels me to tell all men.

If there is obedience in our text, it is the Apostles who stayed in Jerusalem. There, they tried to convince the leaders of the nation of Israel to accept the Lord Jesus as their Messiah. All were abused, some beaten, some killed; but they were true to their commission-acting in behalf of another,
performing the duties of the warrant given them by the Messiah when He said to the Twelve in Luke 24:47 to "begin at Jerusalem." In this dispensation of Grace, the commission or warrant to the Body of Christ, can be found in Ephesians  3:9. "Make ALL men SEE what is the dispensation of the
mystery." 



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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WAS PAUL ONE OF THE 1WELVE? - By Floyd Baker



Scripture Reading: Acts 1:21-26

Quoting from the writings of a well-known Bible teacher concerning our portion of Scripture, he writes, "If we had time to go on and examine this chapter we would see that the disciples elected another apostle, who wasn't an apostle. Matthias never was intended to be an apostle, even thoug they prayed over it as if to sanctify the whole activity. The twelfth apostle was Paul." Still another writes, "This 'blunder' was all an 'invention' and 'engineered' by Peter and the other apostles in a vain attempt to install Matthias, instead of Paul, in the place of Judas." How sad that men will go to such

lengths to discredit Peter and the others in order to defend their own position of beginning the Body of Christ on the day of Pentecost.

Were the Eleven out of the will of God? Note what the Scriptures say. In Acts 1:26 we read, "And the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles." In Acts 2:14 it is stated, "But Peter standing up with the eleven .... " We read Paul's own testimony on this matter in I Corinthians 15:5, concerning the risen Lord, "And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the Twelve." In verse 8 Paul declares, "Last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time." God's Word is very clear on the matter. Matthias and not Paul was the twelfth apostle.

Why was it needful for the number twelve to be completed again? In Matthew 19:26-30, we note that there will be TWELVE THRONES in the regeneration. In Revelation 21:14 it is stated, "And the wall of the city had TWELVE FOUNDATIONS, and in them the names of the TWELVE APOSTLES 0 F THE LAM B." It is Matthias who will be a part of God's future program for Israel and not Paul. Paulbelongs to the HEAVENLIES!



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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POWER OR PERSON? - By Richard A Mazek



 Scripture Reading: Acts 2:4; I Corinthians 6:19


It is commonly taught that the kingdom saints on the day of Pentecost received the Person of the Holy Spirit; but, is this teaching in accord with the Scriptures?

Most fundamentalists will agree that the Old Testament saints were not personally indwelt by the Holy Spirit. During this time the Holy Spirit came "upon" (not within) the believers and energized them for specific services (Numbers 11:16, 17, 25, 29; Judges 3:10, 6:34, I Sam. 11:6; 16:13). Did
this mode then change at Pentecost?

In Luke 24:49, Christ told His disciples that they would receive "power from on high." Our Lord further goes on in Acts 1:5 to tell His disciples that they would be baptized "with" Holy Spirit power (no definite article) and that they would receive "power" (verse 8) after the Holy Spirit is come "upon" them (Old Testament mode).

Let us now move on to the Day of Pentecost to see what actually took place.

Acts 2:3 - tongues of fire "upon" each of them

Acts 2:4 - filled with Holyac Spirit power (no definite article)

Acts 2:38 - receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (power-ch. 1:8)

Thus, in full accord with Qld Testament prophecy (Joel 2:28), these saints received the power of the Holy Spirit. During Pentecost, God was still dealing with Israel under His prophetic program. It is not until Paul and the Dispensation of Grace that we have the actual indwelling of the Holy Spirit
(I Corinthians 6:19,20; Romans 8:11; I Thessalonians 4:8



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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WHAT ABOUT THE SIGNS? - By John N. Baker



-Scripture Reading: Mark 16:17-18

These two verses have caused much confusion amongprofessing believers. Many have doubted their salvationbecause they were unable to exhibit any of these signs. It doessay, "These signs shall follow them that believe." The wordsshall follow" mean to follow side by side or accompany.Therefore, if verse 15 (which says "Go ye into all the world andpreach the gospel to every creature") is the marching ordersor the believer today; then these signs should accompany them. Many have attemptedto handle poisonous snakes anddrink poison, trying to prove these verses. Some have paid forthis mistake dearly!

All the confusion and doubt cast upon salvation can becleared up when we see that this was the Gospel of theKingdom. With the setting aside of Israel and the Gospel ofthe Kingdom (Romans 11:25), the accompanying signs wereset aside also. One of the signs mentioned in verse 17 isspeaking in "new tongues." In I Corinthians 13:8, theScriptures reveal that tongues were to "cease." With thecompletion of the revelation of the mystery (Colossians 1:25),tongues did cease. Not only that, but all the sign gifts ceased.We are saved today by God's matchless grace apart fromworks of any kind. This includes the working of miraculousgifts also. We need no authenticating sign to assure oursalvation. God's completed Word assures that if we believehat Christ died for our sins and arose again on account of ourjustification, "The Spirit Himself beareth witness with ourSpirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

THREE CHURCHES IN SCRIPTURE - BY PASTOR JOHN FREDERICKSEN




 Much confusion exists today about the biblical word church. Without studying it in Scripture, many people conclude this word refers to a building for worship. The Bible teaches that the church is not a building, but that the believers themselves are the church. Others, who have come this far in their understanding, assume that anytime they find the word church in Scripture, it refers to them or truth about them; this is not true either. In fact, such a conclusion can lead to a multitude of practical and doctrinal errors.


THE MEANING OF THE WORD CHURCH


In Scripture, the word church means "called-out ones." When translating from Hebrew and Greek into English, the same word rendered church is also translated "congregation" or "assembly." God uses these three words with great frequency-more than 25 times in II Chronicles and 117 times in the New Testament. It can be used to describe any group of people, from an angry mob to a group of saints gathered for worship. As it is with many words, it is critical to look at the context in which they are used to understand the meaning. With this in mind, we find that there are three different churches which refer to believers in God's Word.


THE CHURCH "IN THE WILDERNESS"


As Stephen recounted his long chronology of Israel's history to the hard-hearted Jewish religious leaders in Acts, Chapter 7, he referred to "the church in the wilderness"  (v. 38). Who was he talking about? This church initially "refused" the leadership of Moses (v, 35), later followed him out of Egypt "after that he had shewed wonders and signs"  (v. 36), and "made a calf" for false worship while Moses was receiving God's "lively oracles" on Mount Sinai (vv. 38,41). This church "had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness" (v. 44) and as Stephen said, did "always resist the Holy Ghost" (v. 51). The context clearly identifies the nation of Israel in the Old Testament as being this "church in the wilderness."

God frequently confirmed Moses as the leader of the church in the wilderness. When the people "complained" about their journey, God's judgment was not abated until Moses prayed for them (Numbers 11:1-3). When Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses and tried to usurp his authority, Miriam was made leprous and Aaron was soon stripped of his priesthood (Numbers 12). When 250 sons of Korah challenged the leadership of Moses, God opened the earth and "swallowed them up" (Numbers 16:32).

God so validated the leadership of Moses that, centuries after his death, the nation of Israel recognized the "customs [or laws] which Moses delivered us" (Acts 6:14) as being binding upon them. They came to revere Moses as having been God's man, who represented the foundation of all the truths they held dear, which had been given to Israel throughout the Old Testament. Now, think about what this means. It means that there was a "church," or called-out group of believers, that was exclusively Jewish, had laws or requirements specifically for them, and had Moses as their leader. When we read about this church in the Old Testament, it does not refer to us. Therefore, we need to be careful NOT to indiscriminately apply to ourselves the instructions or promises that God gave to them.

THE JEWISH "KINGDOM" CHURCH

 As the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ was nearing its end, the Savior told Peter, "Upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). The immediate and long-range context of this verse gives us key information that helps us identify who this church is and what kind of instructions they were given.

In the chapter immediately preceding the above reference, the Lord Jesus said, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (15:24). Clearly, our Lord's ministry and message at that time was to the nation of Israel and not to us today. Old Testament passages such as Isaiah 9:7, Jeremiah 23:5, Daniel 2:44, and Zechariah 8:3 promise Israel a King and a Kingdom of great blessing. Throughout the Gospel accounts, the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples went everywhere "preaching the gospel [or good news] of the Kingdom" (Matthew 4:23; 9:35), promising that "the Kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17; 10:7). In this overall context, the Lord Jesus asked Peter who people were saying He was and who Peter thought He was. Peter's answer was, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). Our Lord's response was that He would build His church on the truth Peter knew: that Jesus of Nazareth was Israel's long-promised King. The Jews who chose to believe this message were being called out of the hard-hearted and unbelieving nation of Israel by believing that the Lord Jesus Christ was their promised King and that His Kingdom would soon be established.

Many Bible students refer to this church that Christ was building during the Gospel accounts as the "Kingdom church." Such a name identifies the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Israel. It identifies the members of this church as being exclusively Jewish, with the hope of these believers being an earthly Kingdom where they would reign from Jerusalem with their King, the Lord Jesus. It further identifies a range of specific doctrines that the Savior taught as to how these followers were to live in anticipation of their Kingdom. For example, they would be forgiven only IF they forgave others; they were to "take no thought" about providing for their daily needs, but instead completely trust God to supernaturally provide for these needs; and they were all to perform miracles, such as casting out devils or drinking poison (Matthew 6:14,24-34; Mark 16:15-18). All these things were intended to verify the validity of the Lord Jesus Christ as Israel's King.

A "church," or called-out group of believers, certainly did exist in the Gospels and early chapters of Acts. But what is clear is that it does not refer to believers today in the Age of Grace. We too believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but the national make-up, eternal hope, and instructions about how to live today are distinctly different from the Kingdom church. Therefore, when reading this section of the Bible, we must NOT indiscriminately apply instructions or promises to ourselves that were intended specifically for the Kingdom church.

THE CHURCH, "THE BODY OF CHRIST"


 The Apostle Paul referred to a new group of believers over which the Lord Jesus Christ is "the Head" and it is called "the church, which is His Body" (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:16-18), or the Body of Christ. This is the distinctively different church that exists today.

Only the Apostle Paul wrote about "the dispensation of the grace of God" and only he, by divine inspiration, claimed that the doctrinal truths for our Age of Grace had initially been "given" exclusively through him (Ephesians 3:1-5). This is why he repeatedly wrote, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3: 17). The people of this church are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from all nations. The "middle wall of partition" that once stood as a barrier between Jew and Gentile, and Gentiles and God, has now been "abolished" by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:11-16). Today, there is "no difference between Jew and Greek" (Romans 10:12; Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11). The eternal hope of this church is to be "raised ... up ... and ... sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6,7; I Corinthians 15:40-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). All of this stands in contrast to the two previous churches that are described in the Bible.

Believers today are members of "the church which is His Body" or the Body of Christ. The rest of our Bible was written "for our learning" (Romans 15:4), but the section of the Bible that contains our promises, instructions, and doctrine is found in the letters of the Apostle Paul. Let's look to the Books of Romans through Philemon as "our mail."



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SALVATION BY WATER BAPTISM? - By Ivan L. Burgener


 Scripture Reading: Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." While this verse shows the essential feature of "faith" for salvation, it also shows the equally important requirement of water baptism. Of course, no unbeliever would have submitted to baptism as illustrated by the Pharisees and lawyers who "rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him [John the Baptist]" (Luke 7:30). John the Baptist preached "the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 3:3) and demanded they "bring forth fruits worthy of repentance" (Luke 3:8). Only those who truly believed John's message submitted to his baptism.

Peter, in like manner in his great Pentecostal address, brought real conviction to those who asked, "What shall we do?" He did not counsel them as so many would today, by sayingthatthey, if they believed would receive the forgiveness of sins and ought to be baptized. Peter plainly said they should "repent, and be baptized .. .for the forgiveness of sins and... receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). Obviously, the unbelievers had no part in this. But make no mistake, water baptism was not optional for the believer. Without it, he could not express faith nor receive forgiveness but stood with the rejectors. There was no middle ground. Water baptism was part of God's program at that time toward Israel, and it was not permitted for professed believers to "pick and choose" what parts of God's program they would cooperate with. They either did-or they did not!

If water baptism was so essential then, what abouttoday? It is from Paul's letters that we read of "redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" and this through faith in Christ and His finished work at Calvary-apart from water baptism!


 How God Saves Men
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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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