KNOWING GOD AS “THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT”

2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 2Co 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.   The doctrine found within 2Corinthians may seem puzzling at the outset of the first  chapter of 2Corinthians to some who are experiencing “trouble,” and “tribulation” in their lives, and need the “comfort,” and “salvation” from this type of sufferings, but as God our Father has designed; once we progress from the beginning of 2Corinthians chapter 1 through the end of chapter 13, we will be well equipped to fully understand and appreciate, and find the salvation and comfort in...

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THE REPROVING DOCTRINE TO GODLY SORROW

2Co 7:8  For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 2Co 7:9  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.   One of the most important aspect of the son being “transformed by the renewing” of his mind is the son coming to the realization that his conduct as a son “in Christ” is not becoming of who God has made him to be “in Christ.” And it is the reproving doctrine found at the outset of...

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“TAKE HEED THEREFORE UNTO YOURSELVES”

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Act 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. Act 20:32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an...

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“KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD”

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1Co 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.   The main aspect of the son’s growth consists of a proper doctrinal establishment from a ‘milk to meat’ curriculum whereby the son can be fully utilized by the Father in being “conformed to the image of His Son.” But this important Godly design is not followed by men who seem more intent upon establishing men to be “conformed” to their image, and follow their designed way to educate today’s bible student. Paul...

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THE LORD’S TABLE AND THE TABLE OF DEVILS

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.   The main aspect of understanding and appreciating our sanctified position in Christ comes from our understanding of our Father’s will for us, and the plan that Satan has to hinder our sanctified living in Christ from bringing forth “fruit” as it ought. And as we come to understand the fact that just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has a Table and a Cup, we also can plainly see that there are “devils” that also have a table and cup that many...

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SEARCHING FOR THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE FATHER

Pro 2:1  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; Pro 2:2  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Pro 2:3  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; Pro 2:4  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Pro 2:5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Pro 2:6  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.   As “sons” in Christ we have an expectation of the Father to grow up into a son who has been “conformed to the image of His Son,” and this unique opportunity that we have to be educated by the Father is special indeed. When we trusted in the...

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PROBLEMS? DECISIONS? DO YOU “PUT IT IN GOD’S HANDS?”

2Th 1:2  Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Th 1:3  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 2Th 1:4  So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 2Th 1:5  Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:   We have all heard the sayings “I’m going to put it in God’s hands,” or “I’m going to let God handle it,” and this seems to be what is said by most when there is a problem, suffering, or an important...

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DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE YOU HAVE LEARNED

  Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.   Today there are many churches around the world that teach and preach “contrary” doctrines in the name of Jesus Christ, but even though these people declare that they are preaching the truth about Jesus Christ and God’s word of truth, if it is not taught according to the way that God designed then there is no truth in it at all. In fact, they all believe they are preaching and teaching God’s word in truth, but they get their doctrinal foundation from...

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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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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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