GODLINESS PT.3~WORKING TOGETHER WITH GOD

  Tit 1:1  Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Tit 1:3  But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Tit 1:4  To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Tit 1:5  For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: Tit 1:6  If any be blameless, the husband of one...

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GODLINESS PT.2~ DOING THINGS GOD’S WAY

Oftentimes the Thessalonians are called by many as the ‘model saint,’ the Thessalonians had learned to think like God does and they were well aware of Satan’s attempt to hinder their edification also. However as man advances through time he begins to become more and more comfortable with the “fashion of this world.” The world today has advanced greatly since Paul’s day, and man has created a world as if were his own ‘heaven on earth.’     1Co 7:31  And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.         The list of the ‘loves’ and desires of the man has gotten longer and easier to attain, also the more money you have, the easier it is to follow this world’s system, man can have all this world has to offer,...

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GODLINESS PT. 1~THINKING LIKE GOD DOES

Rom 1:8  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Rom 1:9  For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 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...

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WAS CORNELIUS A KINGDOM SAINT?

Act 10:1  There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, Act 10:2  A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. Act 10:3  He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. Act 10:4  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.     Acts chapter 10 gives an introduction of a Gentile man named Cornelius, and as we can see in verse 2 he gave “much alms” to Israel, Cornelius and “his house” knew that Israel was God’s beloved nation. Cornelius understood...

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SALVATION & JUSTIFICATION Q&A’S

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Q. Why do I need to be “saved,” and from what? Q. What is God angry about and why is that anger toward me? Q. How do I know what is wrong and right? How can I know enough to be judged? Q. How do I know God even exists? Q. How am I supposed to know what God wants from me? Q. I’m not like a murderer or a thief; do I deserve to die and go to hell? Q. Is there anyone who will escape God’s wrath? Q. If I realize that I am guilty and deserve God’s wrath, now what? Q. Ok, so maybe I’ve done some things that are wrong, but I’m still a lot better than many people I know. Doesn’t that count for something? Q. What about people who have never heard of the Bible or Jesus Christ? Q. What about Israel? Haven’t they escaped God’s wrath by obeying the law?...

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UNDERSTANDING ISRAEL’S PROGRAM

  Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.   God’s plan and purpose for Israel is to ‘take back’ dominion and rulership over this sin cursed world which was “delivered” unto Satan...

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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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