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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THE “STING OF DEATH” AND THE BELIEVER

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.   My understanding is that all three of these issues pertaining to physical death are issues that should not bother us at all; i.e. we should not be troubled by them, or be uneasy in our minds about them, when it comes to the issue of when we ourselves will physically die. And this is because all three of them are covered by the Lord’s victory over sin and death, which of course He Himself wrought when He was raised again from the dead. Physical death is not a natural consequence of life, nor an integral part...

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OUR SINS JUDGED AND FORGIVEN, OR JUDGED ONLY?

Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.   My understanding is...

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GOD’S WRATH POURED OUT UPON WOMEN AND CHILDREN?

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,   This is an issue that people frequently bring up, especially if they are...

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MATTHEW 23: DOES YOUR PREACHER TEACH GOD’S WORD IN TRUTH?

Mat 23:5  But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Mat 23:6  And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, Mat 23:7  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.   Although this may seem a foolish question because everyone that attends a church does so because they feel the man that they have chosen to teach them behind the pulpit preaches and teaches God’s word in truth. But as we look around the world we see the many religions that there are, and the many denominations all within Christendom, we must know that they all preach something different from the next. Well, in this study we will see how to know if what we...

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FALSE PROPHETS: “YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS”

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.     The specific “fruits” of these particular false prophets that the Lord warns the remnant of Israel about will fall into more than one category or type. For this reason the Lord uses the plural word “fruits” when He tells the remnant, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Moreover each of these categories of their false teachings and prophecies will have a direct connection to the major progressive developments that will be going on during...

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THE MAGNIFYING AND PROVOKING MINISTRY OF PAUL

Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Rom 11:12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? Rom 11:13  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: Rom 11:14  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.     The context of Romans 11:13–14, (where Paul particularly speaks about personally ‘provoking’ those of his flesh), has to do with what God has him teach us regarding the temporary nature of the suspension of Israel’s program,...

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SEASON’S GREETINGS?

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. Gal 4:11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Throughout the year, we find people all over the world observing and celebrating various holidays and “holy days;” and while each culture has their own specific “days, and months, and times, and years” to “observe” these days, there is a great importance placed upon these days by mankind based upon how ‘near and dear’ the day has become concerning the individuals lives, or how widely popular the days have become. And while this study may ‘rub some the wrong...

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PREACHING THE LORD UNTO THE GRECIANS?

Act 11:19  Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. Act 11:20  And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. Act 11:21  And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.       As you undoubtedly know, after describing in Acts 8:1 to 11:18 that His program with Israel did not continue on as it was expected to do, and as it was prophesied to do, following the vision that He gave to Stephen; (but instead by what did happen God made it clearly evident that He was doing something...

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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: ACTS 7 AND 8

Act 8:1  And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. Act 8:2  And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. Act 8:3  As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Act 8:4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.   In view of the prophesied time of “repentance to Israel” that God was giving to His nation during the time covered by the opening seven chapters of the Book of Acts, (which specifically commenced on the Day of Pentecost...

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