rss search

next page next page close

God is Everywhere

God is everywhere, as was so eloquently put by this poem about a little boy.

He was just a little boy, on the week’s first day, wandering home from Bible school, and dawdling on the way.
He scuffed his shoes into the grass; He even found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the ‘filler.’
A bird’s nest in a tree overhead, so wisely placed up high, was just another wonder that caught his eager eye.
A neighbor watched his zigzag course, and hailed him from the lawn; asked him where he’d been that day and what was going on.
‘I’ve been to Bible School,’ He said and turned a piece of sod. He picked up a wiggly worm replying, ‘I’ve learned a lot about God.’
‘M’mm, very fine way,’ the neighbor said,’ for a boy to spend his time; ‘if you’ll tell me where God is, I’ll give you a brand new dime.’
Quick as a flash the answer came! Nor were his accents faint. ‘I’ll give you a dollar, Mister, if you can tell me where God ain’t.’

 


next page next page close

The Kingdom of God

Lesson 1:

Introduction:

We are living in a world of change. When the American people tired of England’s tyranny, history records their objections as the American Revolution. There have been many revolutions over time. They can be political or they can be economical, such as our own American Industrial Revolution.

Before the Industrial Revolution America was primarily an Agricultural economy consisting of communities whose source of income was from the land. The Industrial Revolution was a dramatic change in the nature of production in which machines replaced tools, steam and other energy sources replaced human or animal power, and skilled workers were replaced with mostly unskilled workers.

People who generally do not like change do so because of their lack of understanding or their limited knowledge of the change.

Listen to these comments:
●  In 1899, English scientist William Thompson said, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
●  In 1936, Radio Times editor Rex Lambert said, “Television won’t matter in your lifetime or mine.”
●  In 1977, Digital Equipment Corporation founder Ken Olson said, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
●  In 1899. U. S. Patent Office Commissioner Charles Duell said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Today, we cannot image life without airplanes, television or home computers.  But people were not ready for these revolutions, so they resisted the changes that were coming.

The same was true when Jesus was introduced to the world, people did not want to accept Him for who He claimed to be, and it is still true today.  People resisted Jesus then and they resist Him now.

Even though Old Testament prophets wrote of the coming of the Lord to restore Israel to the land that had been promised to Abraham and his seed, they were blinded and could not believe the man was who He claimed to be.

Biblical Text:
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6:

In these prophetic verses, we are told that a child would come and be born of a virgin.  Isaiah 9:6 states that, “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” And Isaiah 9:7 we are told of  His ruling over a government in a place that was called His kingdom. In Jeremiah 23:5 we see that Jesus will be King over that kingdom.

Problem:

Too many Christians do not understand that there will be saved people dwelling on earth as well as in heaven.  So it is important that we know who will live on earth with the Lord and who will live in heaven with Him.

The passages of Scripture we have read deal with the saved who will be on earth.

When Christ began His earthly ministry, look at what He said in Matthew 4:17: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

In Matthew chapter 5 we read what is commonly known as the Beatitudes.  In verse 3 we read:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Then in verse 5 we are told that kingdom is on earth: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

After Jesus’ crucifixion and His subsequent resurrection, He appears to His disciple in Acts 1.  Let’s look at the passage.  “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”

Why do you suppose they are asking Him about restoring the Kingdom?  In order to understand that we need to go back to prophetic Scripture, so I want you to go to the Book of Joel.

There is a strange verse in chapter one that many people do not understand, but I want you to grasp its meaning.  Look at Joel 1:4: “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.”
The explanation of all these insects is simple if you know your Bible.  These insects represent countries who ruled over Israel.

Palmerworm  Babylon
Locust  Media Persia
Cank erworm Greece
Caterpiller  Rome 

In Joel 2:25, we see this: “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”

So in Acts 1, the disciple knew about the promised restoration of Joel’s prophecy.  That is why Peter says what he does in Acts 2:14-16: But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;” Then Peter quotes Joel’s prophecy in the next five verse.

I want you to turn to Joel 2 and also turn to Acts 2 and let’s look at prophecy being foretold and prophecy being fulfilled. (Joel 2:28-32 & Acts 2:17-21)

We know from the questions asked in Acts 1:8 that the disciples knew that God was going to establish an earthly kingdom with Jesus reigning as its King. That is the kingdom of heaven Jesus spoke of in Matthew 4:17. It is the Kingdom of heaven on earth.

It is interesting to note that Mark’s account of what Jesus said differs from Matthews account.  Let’s look at a couple of passages.

Mark 1:14: Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Matthew 4:17: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

What does this mean?  It means that the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are one and the same as far as Israel is concerned.

Remember earlier we stated there was a problem, i.e. Too many Christians do not understand that there will be saved people dwelling on earth as well as in heaven.  So it is important that we know who will live on earth with the Lord and who will live in heaven with Him.

Show the time Chart at this time!  http://soundwordsministry.org/timeline/

The blue (Prophecy) concerns Israel and the red (Mystery) concerns a group of people known as the church the body of Christ.

Go to the section on the chart about the 1,000 year reign of Christ. This is the fulfillment of Old Testament Scripture about the King coming:
1) to rule on the  earth
2) to restore the kingdom to Israel

The church the body of Christ is raptured (caught up into heaven – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) prior to the 2nd coming of Christ. (See where the second coming occurs on the time chart.)

Lesson # 2

In lesson one we talked about the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are one and the same as far as Israel is concerned.

We also looked at a Time Chart which gives us a picture of Eternity Past to Eternity Future.  Let’s look at it again. (Go to the section when the 2nd Coming of Christ is.) http://soundwordsministry.org/timeline/

We stated that the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ was in fulfillment of Old Testament Scripture.  It occurs after the seven years of tribulation. The Bible speaks of theses 7 years as a time of wrath.

Look at Matthew 3:7: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

In Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians he told them they would not go through the wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:10: And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Those who will not go through the wrath of the tribulation are all who are members of the Church the Body of Christ.

If you will look on your Time Chart to the large section that is red you will see the rapture of the church.  You will also notice that that takes place prior to tribulation and prior to the 2nd Coming of Christ.  In religious jargon this is called: pre-trib/ pre-millennial doctrine. To be pre-trib/ pre-millennial simple means you believe the rapture will occur prior to those things happening.

Now I want you to focus on the section of your time chart that is called Eternity Future.  This is known as the final Kingdom of God, not to be confused with the Kingdom of God on earth during the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ.

But you should also observe that for Israel, their dwelling place is still on earth, whereas the Church the Body of Christ is where the throne of God is: Heaven. When God raised Christ up from the grave He set Him at His right hand in Heaven.

Eph. 1:20: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph. 4:10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
 
It is also in the epistle to the Ephesians that we are told about where the Church the Body of Christ will be. 

Eph. 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:
Eph. 2:6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

You should realize that no matter where one is in the final Kingdom of God, Christ will be the focal point and everyone will be rejoicing in the fact that they are there, but you should also understand the members of the Church the Body of Christ will actually be part of Christ’s body.

1Cor. 12:27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1Cor 12:12: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Rom 12:5: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another

As members of Christ’s body we will be where he is, even though our home is far above all heavens. 

What does “being where He is” mean?

When He is seated at the right hand of God – we will be there too.

When He is in the New Jerusalem, we may be there too, in a supportive position.

The Church the Body of Christ, you might say, has freedom of flight with no restrictions placed on them as far as travel is concerned.

How does that differ from the Jews?

The pure Jews have strict parameters.  They will be in the New Jerusalem, as recipients of the promise God made to Abraham.

Rev 21:2: And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

In the final Kingdom of God it descends down from heaven.  Read the account of it in Revelation 21:10-27. Notice in the last verses it speaks of Gentiles, i.e. nations

What about Gentiles who are not a part of the Body of Christ?

They will dwell on earth and will bring sacrifices into the temple of the New Jerusalem. (v. 26: And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.)
Lesson # 3

Go to the Time Chart http://soundwordsministry.org/timeline/

For the last two weeks we have been discussing the Kingdom of God.  I hope you are clear that there will be people living:
1) In heaven
2) In the New Jerusalem, and
3) On the earth.

(You will want to pause here and ask your class to identify who will be living where.)

I want us to understand more about the people who will be living in heaven, for if you are saved today, you are part of that group. All who trust in the Faith of Christ for salvation become a part of Christ’s body and are identified as The Church the Body of Christ. Let’s look at the following Scripture:

Temporary Setting aside of Israel
   Romans 11:25
   A. Blindness
    Isaiah 6:9, 10; Acts 28:27, 28; Romans 11:11-15

The fact that Israel has been set aside, become Lo-Ami, should prompt one to wonder why.  The answer is because the nation as a whole rejected Christ and thereby failed in the task God had for her: To evangelize the world for God.

Israel had been promised to live on the earth with Christ in the millennium. They would know of his return to earth because of prophecy: Note: the day of the Lord occurs at the end of tribulation and just prior to the 1,000 year millennial reign.

Zech 14:1-4: Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

As for the Church the Body of Christ, the Lord does not come all the way to earth, but He chooses to meet us in the air.

Coming of Christ in the Air
   1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:20, 21
   Colossians 3: 4; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Titus 2: 13

Heavenly Position of  Body Believers
   Ephesians 1:3; 2:6; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3: 1-3

Christ is the Head of the Body
   Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18


next page next page close

THINGS CONCERNING PAULINE DOCTRINE

BUT IN 2 TIM. 2: 8, PAUL IS TELLING TIMOTHY THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE RESURRECTION HE PREACHES THAT IS UNIQUE, AND HE CALLS IT BEING RAISED FROM THE DEAD ACCORDING TO “MY GOSPEL”
THE WORLD HAS BEEN TAUGHT:

WORKS WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF SALVATION:
GAL 15: 5, 6; HEB. 11: 4, 7.


next page next page close

Bible Classes

Join us for Bible Study on these days:

Thursday Night at 7:00pm location 1705 Rocking Chair Place Franklin, TN 37067

Saturday Morning at 9:00am location 790 Jason Chapel Road Dickson, TN 37055


next page next page close

Explanation of Ephesians 3:9

 

Someone questioning the explanation of Ephesians 3: 9. 

I have taken the liberty to address the issue of “Hid in God” in the hope it will give you a deeper understanding of truth – rightly divided.  Please understand I am NOT trying to get you to believe what I believe.  I am only trying to give you another perspective of the passage in the hopes that you can 1.) Solidify your belief, or 2.) That you will have found something that will assist you as you study.

Let’s look at the passage: “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.”

There are several passage of Scripture that speak of “things” that happened:

1.)     Before the foundation of the world,

2.)     From the beginning of the world,

3.)     Since the world began

Before we can understand completely what they all mean, we need to define what foundation of the world means. I am sure you will agree that this is the time before the first creation of the world, Genesis 1: 1, when God created heaven and earth. Many Biblical scholars think that there was a time lapse between Genesis 1: 1 and Genesis 1: 2. Because Isaiah 45: 18 states “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it, He created it not in vain: I am the Lord and there is none else.: The Hebrew word for vain in this passage is Tohuw, which is translated formless, confusion, emptiness.

And Genesis 1: 2 says; “And the earth was without form and void…” the word void is the Hebrew word tohuw. If God did not created the word in confusion and empty, something, or someone must have caused it to become desolate. We believe that Satan was kicked out of heaven and cast down to the earth, made havoc of God’s beautiful created and God had to destroy it and start all over again, which He did beginning in Genesis 1: 3.

Now lets look at some of the verse we find in Scripture concerning time before creation.

“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 24

We know for a certainty that Jesus was with God before the beginning of the world, right?

John 1: 1: “In the beginning (of time) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1: 14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” Jesus is the Word, right? Then Jesus was made flesh, right?

Even though Jesus is called the Word, and even though He is God, the two are separate, right? 1 John 5: 7: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” You will notice that this passage distinguished between the Word and the Father. So the Father did not become flesh, the Son did. That is why Peter could write: “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” 1 Peter1: 20

So then, when Paul says: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1: 4, who was he speaking of? The answer is the Church the Body of Christ.  Paul was an apostle of the mystery.

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 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; 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:” Ephesians 3: 2-9

What does this say?

1.)              The dispensation of Grace was committed unto Paul.

2.)              It was reveal unto him as a mystery (secret)

3.)              Before this revelation of the mystery, no other human knew about it.

4.)              Why? Because it was hid in God from the beginning of the world.

Now the mystery was much more than this one thing.  Paul says there were some things hid in the scripture but kept secret until God chose to reveal them to Paul

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,” Romans 16: 25

Why would god have men write down words in the Scripture they could not understand?   “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2: 7-8

The answer is clear, isn’t it?  If God had allowed others to understand what was written in Isaiah 53 for example, Satan would not have convince the Jews to kill Jesus. And apart from the death of Christ we could not be saved. This is just one of the things “the Mystery committed unto Paul” entailed.

One last thing about “hid in God.” The church the body of Christ was chosen before the creation of heaven and earth.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1: 4.

The word foundation in the Greek is katabole and means overthrow or destruction.

So, to paraphrase: He has chosen us (The Church the Body of Christ) before the overthrow of Satan and the subsequent destruction of the earth.


next page next page close

Paul’s Mystery

Long Ago

Before God ever made heaven and earth he made plans for those of us who would be living in this century (Eph. 1:3). This is the mystery of God.

He:

  1. Chose Paul from his mother’s womb to be our apostle (Gal. 1:15).

He said:

  1. Salvation would be by grace and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9).
  2. That sin would not have dominion over us and we would not be under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
  3. We would be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heaven (Eph. 1:3)
  4. The law would be our schoolmaster until faith (Jesus) came (Gal. 2:24-25).
  5. Man would not be justified by works but by the faith of Christ (Gal 2:16).
  6. Christ had redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13).
  7. We had been raised up to sit with Christ (Eph. 2:6).
  8. We would be partakers of his promise in Christ by the simple preaching of the gospel (Eph. 3:6).
  9. We have redemption through his blood, as well as the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:14).
  10. He had taken away the ordinances of the law that were against us (Col. 2:14-16).
  11. We have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10); because we were the children of light (1 Thes. 5:4-5).
  12. He wanted all men to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4).

He also:

  1. Told us to set our affections on things above, not on the earth (Col. 3:2).
  2. Revealed unto Paul the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8).
  3. Gave us pastors and teacher so that we could grow in truth (Eph. 4:11-16).
  4. Promised to change our vile bodies to be fashioned like his glorious body (Phil. 3:21).

All of the seventeen things listed above are guaranteed and are only found in the writings of Paul. They are unique to the “Mystery” as revealed unto Paul.

We have a responsibility and that is to share the message of rightly dividing the Word of truth as outlined in the Pauline epistles.  Most staid denominational advocates will shun you and call you names if you speak about the mystery, but do it you must.  You may be the one ray of light someone has been looking for.

Share the secret of the “Mystery” to everyone who will listen.

The mystery is about the Dispensation of the Grace of God. Eph. 3:2, 9: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 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; 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: See Col. 1:25 also.

Christ dying for our sins was a mystery and the fact that certain Gentiles could be saved was mystery (Eph. 2:11-14). These Gentiles were: 1) without Christ, 2) aliens from thecommonwealthofIsrael, 3) strangers from the covenants of promise. They also: 4) had no hope of being part of Christ’s body, and 5) were without God.

The mystery is about the resurrection. 1 Cor. 15:51-55: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Before this fact was revealed to Paul there was no scriptural knowledge of life after death.  Without this secret being revealed, there would be no hope, no eternal life with God.

The mystery is about Israel’s blindness. Rom. 11:25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

God knew he would have to do something drastic withIsrael, His chosen people.  He did that in Acts 28.  But since He knew this would come about, He made plans for the Body of Christ to carry on in her absence. God chose the Body of Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3-4).

The mystery is about the preaching of Jesus Christ. Rom.16:25-26: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

What is the preaching of Jesus Christ? It is 1 Cor. 15:1-4; which is Christ died for our sins, was buried and was resurrected. Why was that important?  Because the gospel of Peter was baptism was for remission of sins.

The mystery also concerns telling of the mystery of Christ. Col. 4:3:  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 The good news that Christ died for our sins must be shared.  There is far too many who preach a false doctrine of hope.  They still teach that baptism is for remission of sins and completely disregard the blood of Christ.  If you do not understand the difference, how can you explain it to others?

The mystery is about the Mystery of God. Col. 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 acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.

The mystery of God is everything above. Look at Ephesians 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God choseIsraelto spread the news about Him. They failed, but God knew they would and so before He ever called out Abram, He planned to call Paul to reveal the mystery concerning Gentiles.

If you have never heard of this, don’t get mad, praise God that he planned it all.  Study your Bible and you will see the wonderful things God planned for the Body of Christ.

You have just read the truth of the mystery, therefore are no longer in the dark. What will you do about it?   There are many teachers such as myself who are waiting to show you truth.  Find out who and where they are.  Go sit under them.  Support them with your presence and your money.  Most of them teach without ever asking for a penny, but that does not mean they can’t use it.

You may have quit going to church because you have said the following:

  1. All they talk about is tithing.
  2. Every year they ask us to pledge a certain amount of money.

You will not hear those things from most grace preacher/teachers.  But they have mortgages to pay, food to buy and things that are essential to everyday living. And if you have received a spiritual blessing from their teaching you should honor them with the fruits of your labor.

The Bible says the laborer is worthy of his reward (1Tim. 5:18). Most Bible teachers I know study or teach 16-18 hours a week.  That does not include the time spent in traveling from one location to another, many travel as much as 3-5 hours one way; and often times they do not receive enough money to pay for their gasoline, much less the wear and tare on their vehicles.

One of the barometers I used in determining one’s spiritual growth is one’s appetite for giving to the servants of the Lord. Those who have been blessed the most should give the most, but sadly they do not. Too many people are as negligent about giving as they are about studying their Bible.

What are your priorities?


next page next page close

Why Me Lord

WHY ME, LORD?  

Years ago a song by the same title hit the pop charts. Written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Elvis Presley, it became a big hit immediately. It was obvious that the writer either knew someone or was that someone who had been blessed by the Lord but really did not understand why, considering he had strayed from the paths of righteousness.             

For instance: “What have I ever done to deserve all the pleasures I’ve known? What did I ever do to deserve the kindness you’ve shown? Do you think there’s a way to repay all I’ve taken from you?”

  At the end of the second verse he realizes he can show someone else, who may have been in the same or similar situation, how to get back to God. Because the refrain states he knew who he was, and he now knows just how much he needed the Lord in his life.  

Over the years I have counseled many people who have been through trials and tragedy and when at the deepest moment of despair and agony have cried out, “Why me Lord?”   In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the third chapter begins with these words: “To every thing there is a season, And a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

And then the chapter proceeds to enumerate: “A time to be born, and a time to die, A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up, A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”

The lesson to be learned from the verses is:

  1. It’s all right to doubt, it’s all right to cry,
  2. It’s all right to get mad and lose your temper,
  3. It’s all right to hate what has happened.

But after you do all these things, you should:

  1. Quit doubting and start laughing,
  2. Quit being mad and calm down,
  3. Quit hating and start loving.

Emotions play a major role in everyone’s life, but learning how to bring them under control is when you find peace and contentment.

God has a purpose for everything he allows to happen in our lives. After you have gotten upset, shook you fist up toward heaven, said a few choice words “%&^$#@” and then said, “Why me Lord?” Then it’s time to get down on your knees and say thank you, Lord, and try to discover the reason God loved you enough to allow you go through this period of discomfort.  

When you can do that, you’re healed. That is when your should trust the Lord and not listen to your inner self.

 

Why me, Lord?  

Words and music by Kris Kristofferson

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

Chorus:

Lord help me Jesus I’ve wasted it…  

So help me Jesus, You know what I am

Now that I know that I’ve needed you…

So help me Jesus my soul’s in Your hands

 

Try me Lord, if You think there’s a way  

I can ever repay, all I’ve taken from You

Maybe Lord, I can show someone else

What I’ve been through myself

On my way back to You

To Chorus:

Why me, Lord?  

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

To Chorus:


next page next page close

What does “Being Filled with the Spirit” mean?

Filling of the Spirit

Question:

Hi Obed,

I need some scriptural help with something. My sister and I are discussing “being filled with the spirit”.

I know that the filling of the Holy Spirit with regard to the disciples had to do with the Spirit being in complete control. At Pentecost I understand the need for this. How does one scripturally show that we in this age of grace are not “filled with the Spirit?

We have the Spirit within us but Paul says we must strive for filling which is never completely attainable. How can we show this?

Also, was everyone (those 3,000 added believers at Pentecost) “filled” and in total control?

Am I correct in thinking that even with these people…… this “complete filling” and “complete control” passed away after the kingdom was officially rejected by the Jewish religious leaders and how can I prove this scripturally. Thanks for any help you can send my way?

Answer:

First, I want you to go to Acts 1:8 and look at the words “ye shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”

Not only were they filled with the Holy Ghost, but they received the Holy Ghost of power. The promise of Acts 1:8 was they would receive power to perform the miracles they needed to prove their discipleship. Why?

In Acts 1:6, what did the disciples ask? “Lord, wilt thou at this time RESTORE again the kingdom?”

Notice the words, “in one accord.”

Acts 1:14 – in prayer

Acts 2:1 – when Pentecost came

Acts 2:46 – continued daily

Acts 4:24 – lifted up their voices

Acts 5:12 – This is the last time they were in one accord, WHY?

Because Ananias and Sapphira had broken the unity, that is why.

The issue in early acts was not related to being filled, but having received the power. What was the power? Could it be the ability to NOT allow the flesh to overcome them? I think so, because when Ananias and Sapphira kept back the money, they gave in to the flesh.

As long as they had their minds staid on Christ, there was no problem.  When they took them off Christ and on themselves, they died. I used to think this was a drastic measure until I realized that the result of the action kept them from being restored. And that is why, in Acts 1:7, the Lord could neither answer yes nor no.

Now look at: Eph. 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Can you not see that Paul is saying, giving in to drink is a result of “flesh control”, not Spirit control?

The Spirit baptizes us into Christ Jesus and we become part of his Body, guaranteeing us eternity with him. But that does not guarantee us to live a sinless life.

My big issue with those who say there is a “filling” that will not permit us to sin is that if people do sin they think they must not be saved.

You can only put water in a glass to the top; it can’t be filled anymore than its capacity. You can keep on pouring water but it just runs off.

For those during the Pentecostal era, the “filling” is not what left, it was the power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


next page

God is Everywhere

God is everywhere, as was so eloquently put by this poem about a little boy. He was just...
article post

The Kingdom of God

Lesson 1: Introduction: We are living in a world of change. When the American people...
article post

THINGS CONCERNING PAULINE DOCTRINE

BUT IN 2 TIM. 2: 8, PAUL IS TELLING TIMOTHY THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE RESURRECTION HE...
article post

Bible Classes

Join us for Bible Study on these days: Thursday Night at 7:00pm location 1705 Rocking...
article post

Explanation of Ephesians 3:9

  Someone questioning the explanation of Ephesians 3: 9.  I have taken the liberty...
article post

Paul’s Mystery

Long Ago Before God ever made heaven and earth he made plans for those of us who would be...
article post

Why Me Lord

WHY ME, LORD?   Years ago a song by the same title hit the pop charts. Written by Kris...
article post

What does “Being Filled with the Spirit” mean?

Filling of the Spirit Question: Hi Obed, I need some scriptural help with something. My...
article post