DEFINING THE TRINITY

  1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?   1Jn 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.   1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.   1Jn 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.     In my experience the only reason why the issue of the trinity, (or the issue of God’s triune nature and being), is difficult for someone to understand is because the person thinks that God should be able to be easily described,...

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1Cor.15:20-24: THE ORDER OF THE RESURRECTION

  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.   1Co 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all...

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THE APOSTLE PAUL: HIS “COURSE” AND OURS

2Ti 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.     Now my understanding concerning it primarily has to do with 1.)  The number of unique issues that God was accomplishing through Paul as “the apostle of the Gentiles” that he is; and 2.)  It has to do with the example and pattern for us that God has made out the apostle Paul. In view of these two things, Paul’s “course” wouldn’t be finished until these things were fully accomplished in him....

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JAMES 2:26: FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO

Jas 2:24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Jas 2:25  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? Jas 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.   To understand James 2:26 one must understand and appreciate the perfect justice and gracious mercy of God our Father and what He calls “the law of faith,” and that how He has graciously dealt with all mankind whether Jew or Gentile by the same way He has always dealt with His creation, by faith and faith alone, without any works at all for salvation from the debt and penalty from their sins and justification unto eternal life. But the proper...

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NAME TAKEN OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE

  Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Rev 22:15  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God...

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WHAT DID ISRAEL BELIEVE TO BECOME JUSTIFIED?

Luk 23:39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. Luk 23:40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? Luk 23:41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.       I think the best way for me to answer this is to more or less quickly survey the overall doctrine regarding justification unto eternal life in God’s program with Israel. And then having done so, look at the issue...

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WHEN DID THE DISPENSATION OF GENTILE GRACE BEGIN?

Act 9:15  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: Act 9:16  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.   Simply and briefly put, I am persuaded from the testimony of Scripture that God began this present dispensation of His grace, and hence began forming His new creature, the church the body of Christ, when He raised up Paul as a brand new apostle, (as recorded in Acts 9), and made it evident that His program and dealings with Israel up until this time were now no longer continuing on as had been expected. I’ll briefly cite a few of the issues that persuade me that this is so.   Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of...

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THE FATHER’S DESIGN FOR A GODLY MARRIAGE

1Co 7:2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1Co 7:3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 1Co 7:4  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 1Co 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.         As saints “in Christ” we are taught of our Father how we ought to walk in godliness in this present evil world, and a good part of our godly education can consist of our being married to our...

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SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED AND OPPISITION TO THE BIBLE

1Ti 6:20  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1Ti 6:21  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.   The onslaught of atheistic philosophy and its cohorts, (like “science falsely so called”), is not something that is going to go away. Nor is it going to lessen. For it is a natural component to the evolution and growth of man’s ungodliness. As such it is not only ‘here to stay,’ so to speak, but it is just going to get worse and worse for as long as this present dispensation of God’s grace remains in effect. In fact boldfaced and even militant atheism is one of the hallmark components belonging to the continuing evolution of...

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FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL’S JUSTIFICATION

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.   There are many who do not view O.T. justification in God’s sight to be ‘by grace through faith without works.’ As far as I am concerned, such a view is a great weak spot in the ‘grace movement,’ (one which has detrimental effects even to the point of being a hindrance to godly edifying), and it has existed as such for as long as I have been around and even well before that. As Paul makes clear in his dealings with Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians, there are issues that...

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