CHRIST THE FIRST FRUITS AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S AT HIS COMING

1Co 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  Q. Is it correct to say Paul is not talking about the resurrection of the body of...

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GROWING IN GODLY WISDOM AND JUDGMENT

1Th 4:9  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 1Th 4:10  And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;   This is the 2nd part of the earlier study entitled “Judging the affairs of this life righteously as a son;” and in the first study we looked at how the Father would have His sons to judge the things that he may face in this world in a godly manner by proving “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” in all of the circumstances of his life. However, in this study, we are going to look at how we are taught to “increase” in our wisdom and judgment by allowing ourselves to...

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HAS GOD’S KINGDOM ALWAYS EXISTED/WHY BRING IT TO EARTH?

1Ki 6:11  And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, 1Ki 6:12  Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 1Ki 6:13  And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.   First off, it is my understanding that God’s kingdom has not always existed. Now let me explain what I mean by that so that what I am saying is not misunderstood. Sometimes when people talk about God’s kingdom they are simply referring to His sovereignty; i.e., His right to do whatever He wants seeing that He is God. In other words they speak of His kingdom in the sense...

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SEALING OF THE SPIRIT AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.     I don’t have any problem with what it says fitting into my understanding. In fact I think it fits very well. When Paul says, “ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” I think this doctrinally takes us right back to Romans 8 where He originally taught us to understand that having believed the gospel of our salvation, (which includes us being sanctified and adopted as “sons”), “that holy Spirit of promise” sealed us in connection with who...

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“PUT ON CHARITY, WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS”

Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.   In today’s society the term “charity” pales in stark contrast to the way that God...

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THE FATHER’S EXHORTATIONS FOR THE SONSHIP CURRICULUM

Pro 1:1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; Pro 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; Pro 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; Pro 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Pro 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Pro 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.     You are right in recognizing that the father’s exhortations are primarily exhortations pertaining to the education that the son is...

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THE PROVING AND REPROVING BENEFIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   Our Father designed the word of truth to make a positive impact in the son’s life as he uses the doctrine as a tool to “prove” the things that God values and esteems by the things of this world that ourselves, and man has been “conformed” unto, and as such, His word is also designed to “reprove” the son when he comes across these vital decisions that may come up in his life where he is ‘beseeched’ by God the Father...

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THE “STING OF DEATH” AND THE BELIEVER

1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.   My understanding is that all three of these issues pertaining to physical death are issues that should not bother us at all; i.e. we should not be troubled by them, or be uneasy in our minds about them, when it comes to the issue of when we ourselves will physically die. And this is because all three of them are covered by the Lord’s victory over sin and death, which of course He Himself wrought when He was raised again from the dead. Physical death is not a natural consequence of life, nor an integral part...

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ARE YOU ZEALOUSLY AFFECTED AS A SON?

Gal 4:16  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Gal 4:17  They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. Gal 4:18  But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. Gal 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,   The words “affect” and “effect” sound very similar, but each have different meanings; the word “affect” means to change, or make an impact upon someone or something. The word “effect” is the product of an “affect,” meaning when something has an “affect” (something that is introduced to something or someone that is different from the norm) upon someone or something, there usually...

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OUR EXALTATION IN GODLY LOVE-2ND BIBLE CONFERENCE

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