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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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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HOW DOES THE SAINT OBSERVE THE LORD’S TABLE/COMMUNION? PART2

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.   Because of the volume of feedback to the study “How does the saint observe the Lord’s Table/Communion?” I thought it needful to do a follow-up study on the matter by going more in to detail into the “Table,” “bread,” and “cup” issues. The Apostle Paul uses Israel as an example and an ensample for the saint today, both with Moses and the children of Israel,...

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HOW DOES THE SAINT OBSERVE THE LORD’S TABLE/COMMUNION?

1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.   One of the most important doctrines that the saint is entrusted with is what the Apostle Paul gives the saints to do that he says will “shew the Lord’s death till he come.”...

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ARE YOU A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST?

  2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2Ti 2:5  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2Ti 2:6  The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.     One of the most important parts of who we are in Christ is when we begin to work with God in what He is doing; this is the time when we begin to not only understand and appreciate how God would have us to think like He does, do things His way, and work together with Him, but that we can also ‘labor’ with Him by preaching and teaching the gospel, and establishing faithful...

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THE 12 GOVENMENTAL POSITIONS IN HEAVENLY PLACES

Deu 32:7  Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. Deu 32:8  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. Deu 32:9  For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.   My understanding of this particular issue primarily comes from my understanding that there is a corresponding nature to the governmental structure of the principalities, powers, etc., in the heavenly places to that which God originally set up on the earth when He established its governmental structure with the nations. Or in other...

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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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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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