THE THINGS FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are...

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THE APPEARANCE OF ANGELS AND 2,000 ANGELS IN ONE MAN?

  Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; Gen 19:2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. Gen 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. Gen 19:4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every...

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THE THE HEALING AND PROSPERITY TEACHERS: “OF WHOM” DID THIS DOCTRINE ORIGINATE?

Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. The ‘healing and prosperity’ teachings so commonly heard today —— The verses and passages used to support these teachings come from the portion of God’s word that pertains to God’s program with Israel and not to this present dispensation of grace. And in order for these ‘health and wealth’ or ‘healing and prosperity’ teachers to be able to teach people that God wants them healed and...

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THE APOSTLE PAUL: HIS “COURSE” AND OURS

2Ti 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.     Now my understanding concerning it primarily has to do with 1.)  The number of unique issues that God was accomplishing through Paul as “the apostle of the Gentiles” that he is; and 2.)  It has to do with the example and pattern for us that God has made out the apostle Paul. In view of these two things, Paul’s “course” wouldn’t be finished until these things were fully accomplished in him....

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MATTHEW 25:1-25: THE PARABLE OF THE 10 VIRGINS

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.     First of all I understand that in God’s program with Israel being justified unto eternal life and having entrance into the kingdom when it is established are not the exact same thing. One would have to be justified in God’s sight to have entrance into the kingdom, but just because an Israelite, for example, is so justified does not guarantee him immediate entrance into the kingdom. Rather, immediate entrance into the kingdom...

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POSSESSING THE “MUTUAL FAITH” OF PAUL

  Rom 1:10  Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. Rom 1:11  For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; Rom 1:12  That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Rom 1:13  Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.   The Apostle Paul and God the Father’s desire is that all saints will become established in “all wisdom and understanding” of the Father’s will, and as Paul points out in verse 12; that not only will the saints be “established”...

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HOW DO WE TEACH THE SAINTS AS A FATHER?

1Co 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 1Co 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1Co 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 1Co 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. I understand your question, and I think it is a natural one in view, as you say, that we were not ones who looked forward to the time with anticipation when we would receive the adoption of sons. However I do not see that as a stumbling block, or impediment of any...

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DANIEL 3:25-28 “THE FORM OF THE FOURTH IS LIKE THE SON OF GOD”

  Dan 3:14  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Dan 3:15  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Dan 3:16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. Dan 3:17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning...

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ARE YOU BEING PLACED UNDER “TUTORS AND GOVERNORS”?

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.   Are you being placed under the “tutors” and...

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JAMES 2:26: FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO

Jas 2:24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Jas 2:25  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? Jas 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.   To understand James 2:26 one must understand and appreciate the perfect justice and gracious mercy of God our Father and what He calls “the law of faith,” and that how He has graciously dealt with all mankind whether Jew or Gentile by the same way He has always dealt with His creation, by faith and faith alone, without any works at all for salvation from the debt and penalty from their sins and justification unto eternal life. But the proper...

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