THE TREE OF GOOD AND EVIL AND THE GAP THEORY

What is the purpose behind “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” and why the penalty of death in connection with eating of it?   Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.     My understanding is that the implementation of the plan of evil took place in the heavens first among the angelic realm and then upon the earth. The fact that the plan of evil was already in existence by the sixth day of creation is evident to me by the fact that when...

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mar 16:19  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Mar 16:20  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.   Most...

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OUR PERSONAL ‘ONE-ON-ONE’ REALATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.   Does each member as individuals in the body have a person one on one relationship with God that no one else will have since it seems that we are all individuals?   My understanding is that the essence of what you state in your question is certainly true, i.e. that as the individual members of the body of Christ that we are each of us clearly does have a...

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CHRIST THE FIRST FRUITS AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S AT HIS COMING

1Co 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  Q. Is it correct to say Paul is not talking about the resurrection of the body of...

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GROWING IN GODLY WISDOM AND JUDGMENT

1Th 4:9  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 1Th 4:10  And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;   This is the 2nd part of the earlier study entitled “Judging the affairs of this life righteously as a son;” and in the first study we looked at how the Father would have His sons to judge the things that he may face in this world in a godly manner by proving “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” in all of the circumstances of his life. However, in this study, we are going to look at how we are taught to “increase” in our wisdom and judgment by allowing ourselves to...

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HAS GOD’S KINGDOM ALWAYS EXISTED/WHY BRING IT TO EARTH?

1Ki 6:11  And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, 1Ki 6:12  Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 1Ki 6:13  And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.   First off, it is my understanding that God’s kingdom has not always existed. Now let me explain what I mean by that so that what I am saying is not misunderstood. Sometimes when people talk about God’s kingdom they are simply referring to His sovereignty; i.e., His right to do whatever He wants seeing that He is God. In other words they speak of His kingdom in the sense...

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SEALING OF THE SPIRIT AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.     I don’t have any problem with what it says fitting into my understanding. In fact I think it fits very well. When Paul says, “ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” I think this doctrinally takes us right back to Romans 8 where He originally taught us to understand that having believed the gospel of our salvation, (which includes us being sanctified and adopted as “sons”), “that holy Spirit of promise” sealed us in connection with who...

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“PUT ON CHARITY, WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS”

Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.   In today’s society the term “charity” pales in stark contrast to the way that God...

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THE FATHER’S EXHORTATIONS FOR THE SONSHIP CURRICULUM

Pro 1:1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; Pro 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; Pro 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; Pro 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Pro 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Pro 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.     You are right in recognizing that the father’s exhortations are primarily exhortations pertaining to the education that the son is...

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THE PROVING AND REPROVING BENEFIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   Our Father designed the word of truth to make a positive impact in the son’s life as he uses the doctrine as a tool to “prove” the things that God values and esteems by the things of this world that ourselves, and man has been “conformed” unto, and as such, His word is also designed to “reprove” the son when he comes across these vital decisions that may come up in his life where he is ‘beseeched’ by God the Father...

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