A GODLY RESPONSE TO SICKNESS AND DEATH II

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 2Co 5:7  (For we walk...

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THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND OUR HEAVENLY VOCATION

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2Co 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.     First of all, my understanding is that the judgment seat of Christ exist, and all of us as members of the body of Christ will stand before it, because of who God has made us...

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SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED AND OPPISITION TO THE BIBLE

1Ti 6:20  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1Ti 6:21  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.   The onslaught of atheistic philosophy and its cohorts, (like “science falsely so called”), is not something that is going to go away. Nor is it going to lessen. For it is a natural component to the evolution and growth of man’s ungodliness. As such it is not only ‘here to stay,’ so to speak, but it is just going to get worse and worse for as long as this present dispensation of God’s grace remains in effect. In fact boldfaced and even militant atheism is one of the hallmark components belonging to the continuing evolution of...

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SONSHIP PRAYER AND THE FATHER’S OMNISCIENCE IN OUR SONSHIP LIVES

  Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psa 139:24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.   It is important to understand and appreciate a few things about the overall function of God’s omniscience when it comes to the relationship and dealings that He has purposed to have with His creation. Very simply put, (and without making any attempt to either prove or defend what I am saying), what I want to point out is that God makes it evident in His word that He has purposed to have a relationship with His creation that is very personal and very real, which involves Him genuinely interacting with His creation in various ways, as well as to various degrees of interaction and personal...

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A GODLY RESPONSE TO SICKNESS AND DEATH

  Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of...

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FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL’S JUSTIFICATION

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.   There are many who do not view O.T. justification in God’s sight to be ‘by grace through faith without works.’ As far as I am concerned, such a view is a great weak spot in the ‘grace movement,’ (one which has detrimental effects even to the point of being a hindrance to godly edifying), and it has existed as such for as long as I have been around and even well before that. As Paul makes clear in his dealings with Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians, there are issues that...

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THE RISE AND DESTRUCTION OF SATAN

Eze 28:12  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Eze 28:13  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till...

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ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION FOR THE SAINTS?

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: Isa 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.   It is evident to me from the testimony of Genesis 1-3 that God created man with free will. And even though man fell through the exercise of that free will and became a sinner by nature, the capacity of man to continue to exercise that free will and so respond either positively or negatively to God was not eradicated, destroyed, or imprisoned. This is evidenced to me immediately after the...

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DETAILS OF THE PIT AND WHERE IT IS LOCATED

Psa 69:14  Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Psa 69:15  Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.   First of all my understanding is that “the pit” is the basic description of the fact that there is a shaft like cavity that descends into the earth, just like the word “pit” is used to describe a hole or cavity going deep into the ground, or the shaft of some excavation leading into the earth. This shaft like cavity descends into the earth and right into the heart of the earth. In connection with this, it is described as “the bottomless pit,” having no visible of detectable bottom, nor designated or...

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TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST

Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.   God our Father has fully equipped us as “sons” with the doctrine of His will and His love toward all mankind, and we being members of the “body of Christ” are given the progressive edifying stages in our epistles. Therefore by the time we reach the pages of Ephesians we are introduced to the doctrine of God the Father’s overall plan for both the earth and the heavenly places in “ages to come.” Furthermore we also come across the Father’s...

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