DID JESUS KNOW THE MYSTERY DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY?

It is my understanding that the answer to this particular question, (and other ones that are like it) for the most part lies in the way in which God deals with His creation and interacts with it. So then before I directly respond to the question, bear with me for a bit while I briefly and simply say a few things about my basic understanding of how God interacts with creation. First of all we know that God, being God, is both omniscient and transcendent by nature. Therefore He knows everything by nature, and has infinite perception and awareness of all things, including having foreknowledge. Hence nothing takes Him by surprise, or is outside of, or is beyond, His realm of awareness, perception, and precognition. But now though this is true, God also makes it quite...

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PASTOR OR BISHOP?

In view of what Paul says in 1Timothy 3 regarding “the office of a bishop” it is clear that the word “bishop” is the word that describes the “office” of the man who is entrusted with ‘taking care of the church of God’. And since he is in the “office of a bishop” it is perfectly fitting and/or appropriate for him to be called “bishop,” just as Paul does in Philippians 1 when he refers to “the bishops and deacons” of the various churches in Philippi. Howbeit this does not exclude the issue of him just as fittingly or appropriately being called by another term or designation that likewise is used to describe his “office.” Nor does it make it wrong to call the one in “the office of a bishop” by another term or designation that is also appropriate to his “office”...

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CAN A JUSTIFIED SAINT LOSE THEIR SALVATION AFTER HEARING ANOTHER GOSPEL?

They are still saved, even though they have been “bewitched” away from the truth of the gospel and have been beguiled into accepting “another gospel.” And they are still saved because as God has Paul teach us in Romans 5, when a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as his all-sufficient Savior as per “the gospel of Christ” and God thereby justifies him in His sight, and saves him from the debt and penalty of his sins, and reconciles him unto Himself, then that person’s justification, salvation, and reconciliation are permanent possessions. (In fact the truth of the matter is that if our justification, salvation, and reconciliation with God are not permanent by nature, then none of us could ever remain justified in God’s...

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WHERE DID THE JUSTIFIED ISRAELITES GO AFTER CHRIST’S DEATH?

Since the Lord through His own death, burial, and resurrection from the dead successfully fulfilled the first mandate of the Davidic Covenant, (which mandate involved Him functioning as Israel’s Redeemer to provide redemption, including the issue of ‘ransoming them from the power of death and of the grave’), this made it so that the legal requirement no longer existed which had formerly consigned dead saints to be placed in the holding compartment of hell in the lower parts of the earth to await the outcome of God’s promised redemption. Once the first mandate of the Davidic Covenant had been fulfilled that former legal requirement of remanding saints to the lower parts of the earth became null and void as part of the spoils of Christ’s victory over sin, over...

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CONFESSION: THE MISUSE OF ROMANS 10:9

Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. The word confess means to “acknowledge” someone or something, and the word “confess,...

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SUFFERING FOR CHRIST’S SAKE

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 1Co 4:8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 1Co 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 1Co 4:10 We are fools for...

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JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AT YOUR DOOR?

While this is not a study about the history of the Jehovah’s witnesses, nor is it a study of their doctrine, for that I ask you to visit this site for information on the group: http://dougdoddsbg.com/religion/denominations/jehovah-witnesses-american-cult Charles Russell founded the group in 1876 with a few students, later the group would grow into millions. It is surprising to see that many people join something without getting background information into what they are placing their eternal faith into. Where we spend eternity should be an important issue with anyone, and making the wrong choices concerning life after our physical death is very dangerous. And after taking a look at their doctrine, and what they place their faith in; there is no salvation found...

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MARK THEM WHICH CAUSE DIVISIONS!

Rom16:17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18For 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. Phil.2:2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. The word division means to part ways, divide or separate, today you have one church on one corner, and another one right across the street, with each one calling themselves something different from the next one, and preaching a doctrine that is also different from the other. Many today feel that there is nothing wrong with all the different denominations in the world...

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PAUL, THE CHIEF OF SINNERS, OR THE CHIEF SINNER?

1Ti 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 1Ti 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1Ti 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe...

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REPENTANCE TO ISRAEL

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand,...

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