If you remember that I have said before that there are 3 time periods that we need to know and are revealed by Paul in Ephesians. These time zones give us the understanding for both the Old covenant as well as the New covenant in which both are given to Israel. It also gives us God's understanding for today, in the dispensation of grace given to us.
In Ephesians 2:11 "Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
Eph 2:7 "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
We see the time zones "time past", "BUT NOW" and "Ages to come". Now I have shared a lot about the time past and how that the books of Genesis through mid-Acts cover that. I have shared with you the different dispensational differences in being under the law and grace today as well as to Israel vs. the Body of Christ. I have pointed out the differences in "time past" vs "but now" but now I want to show you the difference in "but now" and "Ages to come" which is missed by most Christians including most pastors. In fact this misunderstanding is missed by so many that it is actually taught completely contrary to what it means and that it keeps most Christians in bondage to works and performance and even many church denominations have been based on this lie!
Lets look at James 2:14 "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? ... 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. ... 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
We see a contradiction here in James comparing verses to Paul's message of being justified by grace alone.
Rom 3:24 "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: ... 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Rom 4:9 "Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,..."
Now many a pastors and church's want to say and add James message to Paul's by saying that James is trying to motivate people to not have a false faith and by that he means we need to give to others and therefore keep the law. Many pastors teach and even use these verses to motivate and manipulate saints into a work mentality. BUT that is NOT what James is saying at all. James is saying the opposite of Paul and FOR A GOOD REASON!!!! James is speaking to a different group of people in a different "time period"!!! He is speaking to the 12 tribes of Israel, James 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."
James is teaching and encouraging those "tribulation saints" in the future in the "Ages to Come" to be faithful unto the law which goes back up after the rapture of the Body of Christ. Notice that James says "...21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works ...", and Paul says was"...Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision (works)." which was the sign of the promise!!! You see why we need to "rightly divide" the word of truth and know the different dispensational changes in scripture. Abraham was a father to both Israel and gentiles, but Israel had the law we do not. Israel is a nation we are not. Israel is the circumscion we are the uncircumscion. We are justified by faith with no works, Israel was justified by faith with works. At this time the nation of Israel holds no spiritual salvation value and Jews are saved by the cross just as we gentiles. No Jew or gentile, male or female, black or white, just humans justified by faith through grace.
If we leave the bible alone and not try to make something fit that does not need to then we can understand it and it is a lot easier. We are saved, forgiven and reconciled today on the basis of faith and faith alone! In fact not only are we saved by grace through faith alone we are sanctified by faith alone and not only are we saved and sanctified by faith we are to do "NO WORKS" of our own flesh and will power under the law, " BUT NOW" we are to trust in "HIS WORKS" completely! Christ has done the work on the cross, so just receive His life and allow Him to live through you!
Understanding the different dispensations in the bible is so important as it gives us the freedom that Christians always talk about but do not experience in life! Often saints say they are forgiven, loved and free but live as though they are unloved, guilty and in bondage! They work and perform to be accepted and approved by God as they think they are still under a cursing and blessing ministry that was given to Israel. The idea is that if "I do what is right, God will bless me", or if "I do what is wrong God will punish me"! Now this was true under the Mosaic covenant of law given to Israel but not today. This is why we need to know the FACTS so that we may walk by FAITH and in turn our FEELINGS will follow. The FACTS are that we were spiritually baptized into His death and we have been spiritually raised with Him in His resurrection! We then are not to live in guilt any more but live as we are justified, righteous and reconciled to God through Christ. We are made whole, holy and complete in Him. We are completely forgiven and totally accepted therefore we do not need to perform to be accepted we are already accepted. GRACE means we have everything already given to us in Christ! To walk under law is to walk after the flesh! To live under GRACE is walk after the Spirit! Gal 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh".
Lets look at something so simple yet so profound in understanding the different dispensations. The best way to know, grow and teach is by comparing scripture. I have found that so many Christians read what is commonly known as the Gospels, Matthew -John, although this is really Jesus's earthly ministry to Israel and there are many different gospels in the bible. They then begin to read the book of Acts as if things have changed completely but they haven't. While there is a change (the Holy Spirit has come) these Kingdom saints are still under law! Lets look at Act 3:1 "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour". You see they still went to "the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour". This is the requirements of the under the law.
NOW lets compare this to 1Th 5:17 "Pray without ceasing" and 1Ti 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting". NOW the topic here is simple one, it is just about praying but we can see we can pray all the time and we can pray without ceasing constantly. WHY because Christ is in us, and we are in Him and we not under Law but we are in UNDER GRACE!
Always ask your self these 3 things before reading the bible. To WHOM is this book or passage addressed to and WHO wrote this Book and is it addressed to Israel or to me in the Body of Christ in the dispensation of Grace! I would encourage you to READ PAUL's books as they are written to you, then know the FACTS, walk by FAITH and then allow your FEELINGS to FOLLOW!
Have you ever noticed that so many Christians have so many different ideas about the bible. They have so many different standards or laws that they "think" are true, yet most if not all are not even in the bible or not dispensationally correct. Now I have been telling you about dispensations in the bible and while God does not change in that He is always Right and Righteous, He does change how He has dealt with man. Man is the one who has failed Not God!
Now the reason why man fails is because of what Adam did in Genesis 3, and it is called sin. Now Adam was created to take back the earth after the fall of Satan, but Satan would deceive Eve and therefore sin would continue on down the line in man.
Here is a sample of God changing things according to His will and mans disobedience to what He told them to do. We see it before the fall and then after...before the fall, in Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Man could eat the fruit of the trees.
AND then after the fall man could eat anything that lived,
Gen 9:3 "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things".
BUT after the tower of Babel, God went to Abraham and made a promise to him, and God began to set up the nation of Israel to be the one who would again take back the earth from Satan and of course they failed too. So God introduced the Mosaic Covenant and added the Law to the promise and covenant! The law was added to show mans sin, even though there was always sin and death from Adam to Moses it says in Romans 5.
Gal 3:19 "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator".
... 23 "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith".
So then God as begins to deal with the earthly plan in order to take back the earth from Satan and using the agency of the Nation of Israel. He begins to give them Laws and ordinances.
Lev 11:1 "And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. 4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. 9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. 13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, 14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; 15 Every raven after his kind; 16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, 18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, 19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. 20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. 21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. 23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you".
So you see now God says to Israel, that they can only eat certain foods, certain ways. BUT wait a minute does that still apply to us today? In Acts 10, Peter was shown ... "And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common".
NOW Peter was shown not just and only about food but man! We gentiles are no longer unclean but we are now cleansed through Christ! Israel is no longer the agency in which God is working but rather it is the Body of Christ!
You see most believers want to live under the Law, but they want to eat whatever they want and THEY CAN!!! BUT that is because we are no longer UNDER THE LAW!!! A NEW dispensation is here and it is called the dispensation of GRACE!
Eph 3:2 "If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward":
Rom 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace".
The are 3 things every verse has in it. The historical, doctrinal (dispensational) and spiritual aspect. BUT the FIRST thing you always want to do is check the doctrinal/dispensational place of the verse. If is it written by Paul for the church today. Is it under law or grace, to Israel or The Body of Christ. Is it in the prophecy or mystery program. WHO is it written to? Most bible books tell you these things at the beginning or even in the title for instance the book of Hebrews is written to , you guessed it HEBREWS!!!! James is written to the 12 tribes in James 1:1!
Another way of checking is found in Galatians 2:9 ..." And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision".
You now know these 3 authors wrote to the circumcision and that means to Israel!
Understanding the dispensational boundaries will give you new light and freedom which are not found under law, but only in Christ! You also will enjoy eating bacon without guilt!
When we study our bible we want to understand it correctly. In church's today there are so many confusing doctrines that lead many non-Christians to say " if you all can't agree on anything why should I become a Christian". It is confusing because we throw in our religious beliefs and upbringing into everything we read in scripture. I have said that sometimes it is easier to help someone who knows nothing about the bible than to help someone who has been in church their whole life.
The bible is laid out for us exactly how God wanted it and it should be read with the understanding of the different "dispensations". Now lets define this biblical word. A dispensation is a time frame of a certain administration and management of what is being dispensed or pored out. So for instance when you go to a pharmacy to get your meds the pharmacist is the manager and he dispenses a certain amount of medicine to you for a certain amount of time for you to take. The meds do not last forever and are given at a certain time for a particular illness.
So God has dispensations through out the bible since the beginning of time until man disobeys and then God establishes another. Now don't confuse covenants with dispensations. A covenant is a pledge or agreement by 2 parties to be kept as long as the other keeps the agreement. God agreed and pledged to make Israel a nation and Kingdom above all and forever on earth and God will keep that agreement even though Israel has not been faithful! Away to illustrate this is might be by a marriage. The man and women take their vows (covenant) on their wedding day, but the dispensation is the pouring out of that love daily and forever you might say. It is to be forever unless one or both fail!
We are in the dispensation of GRACE to the gentiles. The pouring out of God's love through the cross work of Christ. Now this dispensational truth was not known before nor given until Israel's fall and failure to receive Jesus as their Messiah.
There are many differences but here are a few examples to show the differences between the covenants and dispensations or to Israel and the gentiles in the Body of Christ today.
Mat 6:14 "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".
Under the Old covenant and by the way the way this is still under the Old cov. and Law, Israel was required to forgive others in order to be forgiven!!!! Jesus had not died yet and there is NO blood shed for sins. The New cov. does not take place until after Christ dies and it is to Israel also!
Jer 31:31 "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah":
This is why we should know and understand the difference between covenants and dispensations. Israel has covenants, we do not. We get benefits that came with the New covenant like the Holy Spirit in us but the New covenant was to bring the Holy Spirit to Israel so that they could "KEEP THE LAW"and "BE FAITHFUL"!!!!!
But under the "DISPENSATION OF GRACE" we are already forgiven and encouraged to forgive, not by law but by LOVE!!!!
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
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.
I will continue to teach the differences in the dispensational truths in the coming devotionals but until then keep renewing, receiving and resting in Christ love!
AGES TO COME!
I am speeding this timeline devotional up a little so I will finish it today!
In the last devotional I shared about the forming of the Body of Christ and that it is the church for today. That the whole world may come to salvation by faith through God's extended grace. By faith in Christ death for our sins and risen to give us life! That we are justified through Christ and completely forgiven and accepted in Him.
Now after that on our timeline we will see the Body of Christ caught up with Christ in the heavens! After this rapture as it is commonly called we see the 3rd time period called the "AGES TO COME'! This includes the tribulation and the wrath of God on Israel, mankind as well as the anti-Christ. Jesus returns and the setting up of the end times and the Earthly Kingdom for Israel. The 2 creations are now 1 forever.
Keep this timeline in your head as you read and you will not get lost! A map of God's Word and dealings with man. (Here are some scriptures for you to read.)
1Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. ... 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
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;
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
As I continue going through the timeline we come to a very important part and the part that most Christians do not see or understand!
There are 3 points in the history of man in the bible. These 3 time frames are very important for you to know. They are "Time past", "BUT NOW" and "Ages to Come"! Now in Time past God dealt with the nation of Israel and the books of Genesis - Acts 9 are about them, and these things were all prophesied about.
In the "BUT NOW" time frame God has formed a new agency, a New church called the Body of Christ! It is the time we live in today. It is YOUR time zone and YOUR doctrine for today. All of Paul's books deal with this time and it was never foretold and known about. It was when God extended grace to the gentiles without the nation of Israel. It is a time of faith without law or works but rather the opposite, it is a time of faith without works and faith "IN" CHRIST WORKS ALONE! It is a time when you are completely forgiven by faith, unlike Israel that will get their forgiveness in the judgement to come in that third time frame called the "Ages to Come"! Here are some Great verses for you to read and take note of the fact that you already are saved and forgiven without ordinances, works or law!!
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ... 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
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.
THE WORD OF GOD COMPLETE!
It was during this dispensational time that God's Word was completed. Paul was given the understanding to complete both the prophetic program and the mystery. Paul's books shed light and give us understanding into the prophetic program and compile all the info needed for the Earthly and Heavenly ministry of Christ!. The books that are written by Peter, James and John and also the books of Hebrews and Jude are all written to the Jewish remnant that will go through the tribulation period. There is no longer any other books need to complete the Word of God!!!
Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
2Co 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
1Co 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
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 shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
A NEW CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST!
As we progress through this timeline and the mystery revealed as I shared yesterday, we see a "new creation" called the Body of Christ which is the church for today! This church is alive and mobile and not found in a Temple or nation but in people around the world! It is Christ Body on earth!
Eph 1:22 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all", AND Col 1:24 "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:"!
THIS BODY, THIS CHURCH is new and different and based on faith alone, and it is even GREATER than it was as a nation of Israel. Meaning that it is not limited in any way. It is not limited by boundaries, nations or by Jew or gentile, male or female, Black or white but it is UNLIMITED IN ITS REACH!!! Don't try to be like a spiritual Israel or join in their customs for what you have in Christ is far better and is completely whole, forgiven as well as seated, sealed and set in Christ in heaven!!!
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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:
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
... 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
THE MYSTERY REVEALED!
Hopefully you have been making a timeline on paper or mentally through these devotionals of late. I told you that the Word which is also Jesus was in the beginning with God, but there was something else that was in the beginning as I have already shown but will say again because it is now revealed to man and is called the MSTERY!
The Mystery was hidden from man but was in Christ before time began. While prophecy was told through out history the mystery was not, it was only revealed to Paul by Jesus. Just before God was going to send His wrath on Israel Jesus came to and saved Paul who would then distribute this MYSTERY! This mystery is so great as it is the first time in history for man to be saved totally based on faith in the death, burial and resurrection and blood of Christ! It is God extending Grace to a heathen and unholy gentile world! It is God taking something that was meant by Israel as a disgraceful and curse and making it into a GREAT BLESSING FOR ALL THE WORLD! The opportunity to come to God without any works, ordinances, temple or priest and based completely on Christ works on the cross is amazing for a righteous God to do! GIVE HIM THE PRAISE AND THE GLORY SAINTS!
(ps. It is also good for you to know that it is better to divide your bible between prophecy and mystery than it is between Old and New testaments!)
Here are a few verses for you to read and study on.
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:
Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
1Co 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SIGNS!
After Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world He resurrected as He said He would. We then see in Acts were He then met with the disciples and the He left and sent the Holy Spirit to them. This Holy Spirit Was fortold in Joel and other vereses what He would do for them. The Spirit would help them keep the Law and it would help them to stand faithful and righteous during the tribulation period! The Spirit would give them signs to show who the Messiah was and to keep them from wondering. Sadly even then Israel did not believe and rejected theses signs! That refreshing time in Acts 3:19 has still not come yet for the nation of Israel and they will have to wait for that time.
But we have the refreshing Spirit and forgiveness "now" Dear Saint and never ever forget that!!!!
Joel 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
THE NEW COVENANT INSTITUTED TO ISRAEL!
After the death of Jesus on the cross and He had risen the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2 at Pentecost, which means 50 days and also was the Old Cov. celebration. Now Those festivals are another sign and give understanding and meaning of the death and 2nd coming of Christ! BUT back to this coming of the Holy Spirit which was to Israel. The New Covenant is to Israel just like the Old Cov. was only to Israel ( read Jer. 31:31 and Eze. 36:23 below) but this New Cov. put the Spirit "IN" man, ("IN" ISRAEL) so they "could" follow the LAW, by faith! Under the OLD Cov. the Law was "given", Under the NEW Cov. the Law was "kept"! Another change of dispensation and again it is NOT the Body of Christ YET!!!
WE DO NOT LIVE UNDER THIS NEW COVENANT SAINTS! BUT COMING SOON! JUST WAIT!
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. 33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
JESUS THE KING!
As I continue with this timeline of the bible I hope you are seeing how the bible unfolds itself and the different dispensations and how God deals with man today!
Next after John the Baptist come our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now Jesus is our Lord but He is Israel's KING! He came as prophesied to redeem and to set up the Kingdom forever, but Israel rejected Him and crucified Him!
Please do not miss this important dispensational truth and that is that Jesus came to Israel first to be Israel's King and to set up the Kingdom forever! The 4 gospels Matthew-John are about His earthly Kingdom that you read about in the book of Revelation's. They are not addressed to us but for us to learn how we the Body of Christ today have been so fortunate to receive this great grace through Israel's fall!
Isa 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Isa 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
Mat 27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Luk 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 24:6-8 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words,
Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mar 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Rom 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
JOHN THE BAPTIST SENT!
As our timeline grows we now see a man called John The Baptist. He was sent to tell Israel that their Messiah was here. That they needed to repent and be cleansed through water baptism. Remember there is no internal Holy Spirit at this time within man! So the ritual water cleansing for the priest was to be a washing as Israel was to be a nation of priest. Israel was so unfaithful by this point and without hope at this point that they needed someone to be a witness to that hope. That hope was to come through their messiah who would bring them their Kingdom!
You have hope now in Christ and you now know that our sins have been dealt with and that your home is in heaven IN CHRIST! Don't forget that Dear Saint! Don't be discouraged at your circumstances stand strong in Christ, "THE HOPE OF GLORY"!!!
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mat 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
...16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
GOD FORMS ISRAEL AND LAWS!
The timeline continues...
God has worked through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and has formed the nation of Israel. God brought them out of Egypt and has made them a nation with Laws. These Laws are continuing to form a human government to protect the first three institutions God made. These 3 institutions are mans volition ( free will ), marriage and family. This last institution of law also teaches and divides. It teaches Israel what not to do and to bring them to worship God. It also is to separate the heathen (gentile idol worship) and show the one true God. The law is both a blessing and a curse. It is a performance based, faith! Faith is always needed in every dispensation but for Israel they showed that faith through their works, we show our faith without works! We show our faith by trusting in Christ works on the cross! Walk by faith and give God the glory Dear Saint!
Exo 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
Deut 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Deut 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
Rom 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Rom 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
GOD CHOOSES ABRAHAM AND FORM ISRAEL!
I encourage you to keep making the time line of these last few devotionals so you can understand the different ways God has dealt with man and understanding the bible even more. This timeline helps you to know for sure were you are at as time goes on and helps you help others come to Christ.
So God chooses Abram and then changes his name to Abraham later and he is going to be the father of many nations through his seed and God is going to set up the nation of Israel so they will be a nation that brings ALL other nations to God! They are to be a nation of priest and to show God's righteousness and lead the gentiles to God so to set up a earthly Kingdom of righteousness!
Here are some scriptures to read and understand this Old Testament Saint!
Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
Isa 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
Zec 8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. 14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: 15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. 16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. 18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, 19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. 20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(also read about Abraham in Hebrews 11:16-18)
STILL TRYING TO BE GOD!
Our timeline devotional takes us to a time were man "STILL WANTS TO BE GOD! Just like in Gen 3:5 "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil".
After God told them to spread out, and multiply, man rebelled against God and built a tower so that they could go to heaven their way, instead of God's way! Hmm, Does that sound familiar? It seems we are still doing that today. We keep trying to do things our way and in our works. Let us learn from this "TOWER OF BABEL" not to be independent of God but rather "DEPENDENT" on God!
Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
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;
... 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
GOD STARTS OVER!
Continuing to make our timeline through the word...
Man had become so wicked that God said He would destroy and start over. So He instructs Noah and his family to build a ark and to put 2 of every animal in and then he flooded the earth!
Noah found grace because he was faithful. Never forget that everything in the old test. shows us things for Christ earthly ministry as well as for the end time dispensation. and he shows us a type of cleansing for man in the end times for Israel.
1Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
God has given us grace and life through Christ and our position is with Him in heaven! He has cleansed us, and made us whole, Holy and complete in Him, so there is no need to add anything today! Just be faithful as Noah was for his dispensation in this dispensation and that is by grace in faith alone!!!!
GOD CREATED MAN!
So continuing in our timeline and as I have already shared with you that God and Jesus who is called the "Word" was in the beginning and that they created the heavens and earth! I want to impress upon you to make this timeline in your head or even better draw it out on paper or white board for yourself or your loved ones! This timeline is great for teaching your children the bible in a short visual way!
NOW God created man in His image. Notice that God created male and female in HIS IMAGE, meaning with a spirit, soul and body. They were shameless, guilt free and innocent. YET they did have free will to choose what they would do. And they chose to listen too Satan and to be their own god, independent of God! They were now guilty of sin and would pass that on to mankind forever. No longer in God's image would their children be but now in mans image!
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 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.
Gen 3:5-7 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
BUT WE SEE GOD'S LOVE ALSO! Just as soon as they had sinned God had made away by the "REDEEMER TO COME"! That "SEED" IS CHRIST!!!
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
NEVER forget that God loves you and that He sent that redeemer for us today!
That redeemer is JESUS CHRIST!
GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND EARTH!
As I continue drawing the map of the bible for you, we see that God was in the beginning. Jesus who is also called the Word along with the mystery that was hid and not prophesied was their also. So God has made His plan for man and so creates heaven and earth.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
God created 2 different places for 2 different reasons and we will discuss this as time goes on. But this heaven and this earth was made for and by Jesus!
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Everything Is for Jesus and He is the Lord of all, so lets give Him the praise as we go through His Word to understand His plan, purpose and power!
THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF GOD!
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Yesterday I told you that God was in the beginning along with Jesus the Word! Both were in the beginning but something else was there too. The Mystery and Wisdom of God was there also. The wisdom of God of course is in God but this mystery part was there too! Now this mystery was not revealed to man through Israel or prophecy but came after Christ was crucified and had risen and then shown and given to Paul. This mystery program was hidden in God and is now revealed to us. This mystery is what man needs for salvation and life today. This mystery is that ALL men may have salvation through Christ by faith without works and without law. That ALL men may have the power of God through the Holy Spirit within them. That ALL men may know God's righteousness and be one of His children and live with Him now and for eternity. That ALL men may be shown God's grace through Christ cross! That ALL men may be IN CHRIST and know the fellowship and revelation of this mystery! AND.....SO MUCH MORE!!!
Read these scriptures and dwell on them and see that the dispensation for today is in the mystery not prophecy. And that is so great because we have everything we need for salvation, life and security right now! We are loved, accepted and completely forgiven now in Christ.
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Rom 16:25 - Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
In the beginning was God! Before anything else was God and Jesus who is called the Word was there also! We must always remember that before the world was formed the Word of God was there! God's Word is so important that He calls His son the Word!
Here are some verses to read and think about...
Psa 119:89 ...For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Put God's Word first into your heart and dwell on Him and you will grow in grace, love and security in Him!
Under the Law the motivation was fear. Israel was to fear the consequences of not obeying and either "do" what they were told, or "not do" what they were told. They were to show their faith by performance. Notice it is still faith that is important. Following God's plan regardless of the dispensation is always by faith.
Exo 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
Now in todays dispensation UNDER GRACE the motivation is LOVE! God's love toward is given and shown and therefore we respond by a grateful, thankful heart!
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Grow in Grace, walk in love, by receiving God's love first and then be thankful and content it Him alone!
Abraham held duel citizenship we might say. He was the father of the Jews and gentiles. He was justified by faith and he was justified by works. He was promised a land and that many would follow him and be apart of his seed even though at the time he had neither. And at the time he understood something else that is of great importance to us today. He understood that there would be a resurrection for him and all who believed in the promise given to him. God said to Abraham in Gen 15:13 "And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age".
In order to have the kingdom he had to be resurrected. In Heb 11:17 "By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure".
NOW that promise was through his "seed" and that seed is Jesus! Gal 3:16 "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ". So we now know what God had in mind even then that the world would be saved through Abraham seed and that seed was Jesus and that the believing saints would all be resurrected! Never ever forget that your home, your place is in the heavens and that you are "IN CHRIST" TODAY!
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Dear Saints as believers we should be celebrating Thanksgiving everyday! While the pilgrims came to America to escape bondage and seek freedom for their religion we too who have the "true" freedom in Spirit regardless of our circumstances should give thanks. God's will for you and I is that we truly understand the freedom we have in Him and give Him the glory and be content and thankful!
AND just so you know the original Thanksgiving celebration was also a "time of prayer" and 'giving thanks to God the Father"!
This Thanksgiving spend time praying and giving thanks unto God for sending His Son Jesus Christ for our sins and salvation!
Romans 8:5 "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit".
What do you desire in life? Do you desire to be with God? Do you desire to grow in grace and obedience? Do you want peace and security in Christ or just want peace of mind without Him if you could? Do you desire to walk after the spirit verses the flesh? No one desires God all the time in every situation because we do have sinful fleshly tendencies BUT over all and after you do sin do you desire to be with Him above all else. Do you have a sense of guilt and shame when you sin? Do you come running back to Christ and His love? What is your desire in life?
The bible teaches us to walk after the spirit! To deeply desire the will, comfort and righteousness of God! Walk after the spirit by desiring to be loved "only" by God and you will have peace, security and victory regardless of your circumstances! The Spirit gives Life, Rom 8:10..."but the Spirit is life because of righteousness", AND Rom 8:16 "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God": AND You are a child of God Dear Saint!
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The book of Daniel gives us a look at Israel's state at that time as well as the their state in the future end times in Revelations. "The times of the gentiles" as in Daniel is a sad state of affairs for Israel as they got there by having an unfaithful heart toward God. They are "under" gentile rule. They are "under" bondage again and sadly still are in a sense! Everything that Israel has went through is because of their unfaithfulness to God. We are not and don't try to be like a "spiritual" Israel, dear saints. You are not "under" anything but the "grace of God"! You are not subject to any authority per say except Jesus Christ our Lord! Walk with your head high in Jesus and give to others who walk with their heads down in bondage to sin!
WALK AS CONQUERSORS IN CHRIST!
STEP UP GENTLEMEN!
Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Adam did not protect or lead Eve. He did not listen to the sound doctrine that God gave him and therefore we have been in a sinful creation since. A so called small sin by eating from the vine can cause a huge turn of events in life! And just to be clear it was not a small sin, it is called rebellion against God. Adam was
"wo"- men pleasing instead of "stepping up" and following God! STEP UP HUSBANDS and follow God instead of your wife and in turn you will minister to her and protect her even more!!
THE MYSTERY SHINES LIGHT ON THE PROPHECY!
You will never understand the prophecy works of God if you don't understand the Mystery works of God! The revelation of the mystery given to Paul shines light on the prophecy program. So the more you read Paul's books to understand your position in Christ you also will under stand all the bible!
In 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;"
We see that Christ cross and blood shed for the Old test. saints as well. That the sins of those in the past will be forgiven through Christ cross not by just animal sacrifices! Christ cross reaches back in "TIME PAST" for those sins of those faithful remnant of Israel! Oh how great the wisdom, patience and forbearance of God!
GRACE AMBASSADOR MINISTRIES
Like a "good help meet" my wife told me that I shared yesterdays devotional under the heading of Grace Ambassador Ministries without telling everyone. Please forgive me for that. This is a official trade name and d.b.a. at this time for our ministry. Everything is still under Howard King Ministries as far as the legalities and for donations at this time (so make checks to HKM still) but may change as a corporation/ministry at some point. All churches and ministries are non-profits and are a corporation under Arizona state law. Now you may ask what is the point and reason for this. I wanted and liked the understanding of "who" and "what" I do as well as "who" and "what" the Body of Christ should do as pertaining to the world and scripture.
We are Ambassadors for Christ and We share the message of The gospel of Grace!
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Please keep praying for us as we preach, teach and counsel! Our mission is to edify the Body of Christ and evangelize the world. As always we will continue to pray for you,
GODS MAP FOR LIFE!
If you were going on a trip to a specific city or place you would look at a map. A map shows us and clarifies for us and takes out the confusion of how to get there. So God had done the same thing in His Word! He has laid out the map just like it is written to help us know where we are now and how to get to our destination which is a saved, secure place in heaven forever! Knowing the map is the key to living and being secure in life!
TIME PAST is the time and dispensation under Israel and the Old Covenant. Gentiles had to go through Israel in order to be saved. There were works and sacrifices to be done as well as Temple and priestly duties.
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
BUT NOW is the time frame and dispensation after the cross and after Israel's fall that God extended Grace to the gentile world without Israel's influence, Laws or duties! The Cross is the focal point and we are saved by faith through Christ's death, burial and resurrection alone!
...13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
AGES TO COME is the time and dispensation that God will pour out His wrath set up His earthly and heavenly Kingdoms and restore Israel. Satan is defeated and the universe is made righteous forever.
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
IF you remember these time zones and map every time you read you won't be confused on many issues and you can reach your destination safe secure in Heaven!
HE HAS RISEN!
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
If Christ has not risen we of all men would be most miserable Paul says! BUT HE HAS RISEN and YOU ARE SAVED and YOUR SINS ARE ON THE CROSS!!!! EVEN so IN CHRIST ALL BE MADE ALIVE!
SO give GOD THE GLORY and be THANKFUL TODAY!
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
THE GREATEST con artist and imitator of Jesus is Satan! And in the end times, he will come as a so-called "peacemaker to set up the covenant with many"!!! But He is doing it to take over so that Israel will come and worship him as God!
Don't be fooled by everyone who tries to make peace just for peace's sake! If it does not bring glory to God and for righteous reasons it is still sin!
Progressive Revelation is from Genesis to Revelations. We need to know that while God and His Holy and Righteous character does not change, the way He has dealt with man has. The way man has rebelled against God throughout the bible is horrible so God has changed the ways of reconciling us to Himself! In the beginning, Adam sinned and then the gentile world rebellion so then God sought Abraham and the nation of Israel to be His representative and priest to minister to the rest of mankind through the law! When they failed and acted out of unbelief and disobedient by not receiving their Messiah they crucified Him! Then again they rejected Him after He rose from the dead, but God full of grace and mercy sent Jesus to Paul to give us a NEW gospel and an opportunity to be saved by the Cross of Christ! This NEW and different gospel had never been revealed to man and its policy is without works but by faith alone! Its policy is without Law and ordinances so that we do not need to perform works to show our faith but rather the absence of works proves our faith! What a PROGRESSIVE REVELATION BY GOD! AMEN!!
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11-12-2019 MIND GAMES!
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
You and I have a spirit, a soul and a body. Now the spirit is where the Holy Spirit lives and is spiritually sensitive, aware and spiritual conscience. Our Soul is the mind, will, and emotions! Now our mind is our thinker asI tell the little ones I counseled! We are always thinking about something no matter what. So we try to figure things out in life and try to have some sort of control as well as some pleasure and power. We try to think ahead or think about the past in order to make sense of our past. Sometimes to justify our past or even our future decisions but we are always thinking! So our mind is so important, so start taking thinking about what you are thinking about! This why reading and studying are so important. We need to know God's information so that we can think about Godly things and choose Godly thinking so we can make Godly decisions! Renewing our minds is not about just reading or studying it is about choosing to know God's word and then thinking, choosing and feeling as God intended us so that we can have victory in life and praise Him and give Him the glory in return!
11-9-2019 PRESENT, RENEW AND TRANSFORMED!
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. 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.
Notice the wording here in these verses! If you "present" or give yourself to God, in mind and body you will be transformed! Now your Spirit has already been transformed by the Holy Spirit so we need to put our thoughts on what is true in our Spirit! By thinking, choosing and putting on God's love for us we begin the process of presenting our selves to God, which is a living sacrifice. We then begin that process of change from the inside out and that is God's will for us! HIS GOOD, ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL FOR US! ---------- ------
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.
I think this verse is so great yet so hard for believers to grasp! I have shared with many believers and they still think they need to follow the Levitical law! Not only follow but live as if they are Jewish, "under Law"!
Now if there is one thing Paul is trying to get across is that not only did we gentiles never have the Levitical law BUT that we as well as Israel can not live "up to it"!!! Now Christ was the ultimate sacrifice and nothing needs to be added to His cross-work or to Him as He is the mercy seat, He is the justification He is the one who has appeased God he is the one who saves JESUS, JESUS, ONLY JESUS!
It is not by your works but by GOD'S GRACE!! STOP trying to "perform" to be accepted and just realize
YOU ARE ACCEPTED IN CHRIST!
Rom 5:15 "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.")
... 20 "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound":
The gift of salvation has been offered by grace! It is like a gift wrapped up and extended to you by God's hand. The gift is salvation but the hand extended is grace! The gift can only be accepted or rejected and it can not be earned!
Now what is also so great about this grace is that no matter what sin or unrighteous act we have done, God's extended hand is always above and abounding!
Remember Saints that while you are always saved and secure you can also always receive and experience God's love by His Grace!
Luk 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God's grace is upon Jesus and Jesus "is" Grace and Truth! Jesus is not just giving grace He is grace! His character is grace! Grace is and takes in all the attributes of Jesus! While on one hand, He is perfectly Holy, Just and Righteous He also is completely and perfectly gracious!
So when you sin and you will sin, and just as you did when you came to be saved through Christ grace then go to Him and thank Him for His grace! You can not save yourself and you can not keep yourself saved it is only by faith through grace!
Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Regardless of the dispensation, God has offered grace to men! Now that grace was limited to just so many before or under the old covenant. This grace means to be favored and is the same word in Gen.6:8 as the word "favor" is in Gen.18:3. God gives Noah grace and begins the process of populating the world again for His Kingdom on earth over!
Thank God Saints... and thank goodness God saw fit to grace Noah as man had deteriorated so much.
Give God the glory, praise and thanks for His Grace to Noah and to us!
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The very second we come to Christ by faith we are justified! That means that we have chosen God's will over ours and He has said that by doing that He will set us free from the debt of sin! The penalty for not doing that is death! The JUDGE of the universe and the JUDGE of creation has said I no longer hold you guilty but rather have made you "JUST" before me through my son! Now "just" is a judicial term and means to be made "RIGHT" under law and a justice system! To come before the court and to have the penalty erased would be great but God did not stop there He also made us "RIGHT" and that means that we have been imputed with the very "RIGHTEOUNESS" OF CHRIST! Grasp that thinking Saints! Hold onto that with everything you have for YOU HAVE THE RIGHTEOUNESS OF CHRIST IN YOU!
2 Cor 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight"!
Rom 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law".
Rom 4:16 "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all",...
As I have told you over and over we are saved, justified and made righteous by faith! If it is NOT by faith then it is by our so called "good" works,...which are not "good" because it means we are trying to be righteous without Christ! So the bible tells us we are justified meaning put in right standing before God, by A righteous, holy and perfect judge,... that is by God through Christ! Don't fall back into trying to be "good" enough, after all we are not "good" enough to save ourselves to begin with nor are we "good" enough to stay there!
ALWAYS WALK BY FAITH DEAR SAINT!
Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. ... 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
While we have our personal individual faith walk, it is also important to be around those of "like" faith! God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith meaning from His faith to ours and from ours to others! We need to walk by FAITH and not religion! Some church's are like clubs, they come together for a mutual gathering but act independent of true worship, praise and love for God! The façade of religion may bring them together but it is not FAITH in Christ that unites because many do not have saving faith nor do some care if they do have saving faith! It is important to fellowship with those who read, understand and STUDY the bible! NOT those who just read a verse or two and then talk about their experience or some worldly way of managing life! I have seen faithful, saved saints go to orthodox churches who do not even believe in certain parts of the bible OR make you jump through "work hoops" to be apart of their body! Don't just hang out with religion and religious folks that is called Idolatry, but rather fellowship with those that have a true mutual
FAITH IN CHRIST!!!
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
This verse tells us what happens when Israel fell and God reached out and extended grace to the gentile world! It shows His love for us and His GREAT DESIRE to be reconciled with us!
By FAITH we are sanctified! Our spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit and in turn we are made Holy, Righteous and complete in Christ! Our Spirit is now separated from our soul and body! It is separated, sealed and secure in Christ forever! We no longer need to worry about death,... for our spirit is in Christ in heaven forever!
BY FAITH YOU ARE SANCTIFIED!
Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?....
Jesus says to those who were following Him in Israel "O ye of little faith", meaning those who had no faith in Him in that circumstance! Now we must always keep in mind that this is before the cross, before Israel's fall and before the Body of Christ was formed! This is a time when Jesus was showing "who" He was to the nation of Israel and He was saying "I AM" is here! In other words He was the Messiah they had been waiting for,... so have "faith" in me to save you!
Now here is another great example of a person that shows great faith at the same time frame and he was not even a Jew!
Mat 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
You see the centurion demonstrated great faith by just saying in a round about way, "I know who you are"!!! AND therefore you can heal my servant by just saying so! The soldier knew who the "commander and chief was"! The centurion gave up his control and said you are in control Jesus, I only ask of you who I know can grant this healing if you want!
Walk by faith today, in knowing "WHO" is your "commander and chief"!!
2Co 13:11".....the God of love and peace shall be with you".
THE GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE!! OH DEAR SAINT, get this deep into your heart and mind! God IS Love and God IS peace!!! Whatever your going through today, whatever the circumstance, whatever the issues and problems your facing today, the answer to your emotional need today is God's love! We all want a sense of peace! We all want to feel secure regardless of what we are facing! That secure and safe place is always found in God's love! Eph 2:4 "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,..."
OH HOW GREAT IS HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU!
1John 4:8 "...for God is love".
GOD IS LOVE and because He is Love and He lives in you so you have Love in you, as I said yesterday! We also get to see the character of God in this description of Love called charity! 1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
We could say then GOD suffereth long and God is Kind and God envieth not and God vaunteth not Himself..... God beareth, beleiveth, hopeth and endureth all things....GET the idea!
Give Him the glory and receive HIS LOVE TODAY!!!
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Just as I said in this weeks devotionals that God loves us the same way He loves His Son, Jesus and that He showed that Love by sending Jesus to the cross for our sins, He also will not leave or separate Himself from us! NOTHING can separate us from HIS GREAT LOVE!!! God's Love is in Jesus! AND Jesus is in You so God's LOVE IS IN YOU!!! THINK about that Saints! God's love is IN you!! It is in your DNA now!!! It is not something that you have to go get, but just be aware that you have His love already and be THANKFUL!!!
Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
JUST as God loved Israel and chose them to be the nation to bring ALL nations to Himself, He did not do it because they were so Great!!!! IN fact they were the fewest of all people! Isn't that just like God to take the least, and do something great with it,... just to show He can and WHO He is!!! He loved Israel and was faithful on His part even though Israel was not!
He Loves us and showed that love when we were at our weakest and could do nothing to change ourselves! He showed that Love by sending Jesus to die for our sins!
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
OH WHAT LOVE!!!! THANK HIM SAINT!!!
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Jesus shares with his "little flock" of Israel that He has loved them! He tells them to love each other!
Now while we are to keep and understand the dispensational differences in the bible, one thing is for sure in ALL dispensations, that God loves us!
Lets look at how much God loves us! Here in John 17 Jesus is praying to His Father...
John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
That same Great Love that God the Father has loved Jesus His Son is the same GREAT LOVE IN US! God LOVES YOU just as He LOVES JESUS!
Give Him the glory and be thankful for that LOVE ABOVE ALL THINGS IN LIFE, SAINTS!!!
10-18-2019 GOD'S WAY IS JESUS!
Gen 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
As we continue through the bible we see the covenant that God had made with Abraham is to go through Sarah! While Ishmael was Abrahams son, God had chosen Sarah to bear Isaac and that the covenant would be through him!
You see no matter how well we think we can control or change or do things our way, it may not be God's way! God's way is through Jesus and Jesus says it this way...John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
There is no other way but GOD'S WAY, and that WAY IS THROUGH JESUS! Read and understand God's Word so that you can KNOW AND GROW GOD'S WAY!
10-17-2019 I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD!
Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
God made a covenant with Abraham! Now a covenant is a pledge and a allegiance between two people! Now God told Abraham I will make you a father of many nations! So this covenant and allegiance was shown to God by circumcision which is a cutting away of skin! This was to be done to all males and to be a "token" of this covenant! This begins the process of a people being separated from other people on earth and being faithful unto God!
Gen 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
God uses separation to show the difference between Holy and unholy and between righteousness and unrighteousness! Don't be afraid to separate from people who are not in Christ or are walking in a fleshly matter!
PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD NO MATTER WHAT!
10-16-2019 GODS FINGER!
Exo 31:18 "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God".
God wrote the 10 commandments with His finger! He wrote it and then gave to Moses! Now Moses took the tablets down to Israel and dropped them because he was in shock that they had begun to worship a idol so quickly after all God had done for them!
BUT it was God who wrote the first commandments and began the process of preservation of His Word! The Bible is God's word! The bible is Jesus for He is called the Word! Moses went on to write the first 5 books of the bible which was called "THE BOOK"! Joshua went on and added and so on! The bible is a book that holds God's revelation and He has given His inspiration and has preserved His words through copies of this book! Many years back the church tried to stop these copies from getting out, but God's Word can not be stopped! READ GOD'S WORD DAILY FOR IT IS "PENNED BY GOD'S FINGER"!
10-15-2019 Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Man was so awful that God repented, meaning regretted creating man. Not that God had done anything wrong but rather man had! SO God decided to wipe out man and start over. He extended grace toward Noah and his family and then flooded the earth! Now Noah had nothing to deserve this grace just as we have not either! He received and built the ark in faith when others were laughing at him!
Sometimes we must step out in faith against all odds! When others make laugh or say "he can't do that" or "who does he/she think they are"! We have to be willing to be willing to go forward in faith regardless of the consequences! WALK BY FAITH SAINTS, you just might survive a "GREAT FLOOD" OF PAIN!
10-14-2019 Abraham was a Chaldean which is not Israel just so you know! He would have been a gentile at that time since Israel had not been formed yet! Now God tells ABRAM, (not Abraham at that time) to get out of Chaldea and go to a land called Canaan and Canaan is modern day Israel! Now God told Abram to go and "I will make thee a great nation" and "I will make thy name great"!! God also said "...and ALL the families of the earth will be blessed"! ALL the families meaning Jew and gentile!
Gen 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Gen 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
... 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
So Abraham after God changed his name then went on to be the father of all nations in a way and Father of 3 major religions of the world! Islam (through Ishmael), Judaism and Christianity! Now Abraham had to be faithful and showed that faithfulness by being WILLING to sacrifice his son, which God promised to him! Now if he was going to make him a great nation you would think that God would not have him sacrifice his son after that would be going backwards instead of building you would be descending! This just goes to show us that we do not think the way God does and that we are to be FAITHFUL even when we think we may lose! We are to read, understand and follow God's book which is God's authority, regardless of our own thoughts and feelings!! Speaking of feelings How do you think Abraham felt after waiting and waiting to have a son by Sarah and then God says to go and sacrifice him???
Be willing to be obedient to God and God's word regardless of your feelings. Remember your feelings are telling you were your heart "REALLY STANDS"! Line your heart and feelings up with God's Word and be like Abraham, FAITHFUL NO MATTER WHAT!!!
DON'T BE FOOLS!
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; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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: 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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,...
We deserve God's wrath, yet He gave us His SON! God was the one who was offended by man and therefore as the creator has every right to be angry with us! From Genesis 1 to Genesis 11 there were no laws or Israel! There was only gentiles who thought they were WISE and knew more than God! They were going to build a one world religion and reach the heavens without God! But They were FOOLS! They did not glorify or worship God AS GOD and therefore were not THANKFUL TO HIM! SO God gave "them up" Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
THANK GOD HE GAVE US JESUS! THANK GOD HE LOVED US! NOW God will allow us even today to go about our ways and desires of our flesh and sin if we choose too, but then we would be "FOOLS" wouldn't we! Don't be a fool, worship, glorify and be THANKFUL TO GOD!
NO OTHER GODS!
In Exodus God lays down the 10 commandments for Israel! Number 1 is Ex 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me".
Now that makes sense from God's perspective right!!! So now lets look at Gen 3:5 "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil".
The first thing Satan attacks is God's word and attacks subtlety the first commandment which had not taken place yet! Notice he says "...and ye shall be as gods...", meaning we can be a god! We can be are own god and powerful independent from THE GOD! The problem with mankind is that we try to put ourselves first before God and God second to us! Man's problem is sin, and that SIN is that we think we are greater than God!
Don't live life in pride and think that you are above and greater and act like God! Be humble, submit and read His book which gives you life!
AND GOD SAID....!
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God spoke and the creator created heaven and earth! Two distinct things, that will be separate from now on and two different kingdoms established!
BUT notice that God spoke and God spoke throughout the bible to Israel and they refuse to hear! They rebel against Him because they refuse to listen and change their hearts!
But lets go back to the fall and see what happened in Gen. 3! The first thing that Satan does is question God's Word! Read this in Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? YEA HATH GOD SAID...?
YOU see He through it in ...Hath God said...You see if Satan could get mankind to question or doubt or not believe God's Word than he can twist and change God's word and therefore manipulate man! We then are vulnerable and lost! Doubting God and searching for anything that will give us significance in life!
Make God's WORD so important to you that you can not live without it, because the fact is you can't "LIVE" without it for JESUS IS THE WORD!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
In this dispensational time period and it is called the dispensation of grace, and includes the fellowship of ALL peoples IN CHRIST! Now it is a fellowship because we are united in one Body, by one Spirit called the Body of Christ! Now this work by God was never foretold that the gentiles would be saved united and One with and IN Christ! That Israel's Messiah departed from them for a time and now has went to the heathen without them! This was never known and therefore a mystery unto Israel and the prophets! This FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY is not only a GREAT revelation but shows GOD'S GRACE as it includes ALL men! Christ died for ALL and God desires ALL men to come to be saved and give Him the glory that He deserves!
So with all that said, let me encourage you to stop praying for God to save so and so and start praying for the person to come to God! God has shown and proved His love on the cross! He did the work needed to reconcile man if man will only choose by faith! It is no longer God's responsibility but mans "response"-ability!
GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS SHOWN THAT TO YOU THROUGH CHRIST CROSS!
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The understanding of the doctrine of "one" is so important to the Body of Christ today! It needs to be known, shown and grown in! Because the alternative is to still connect with Israel and it's law, work and performance program. Now just so you know I am not saying the Law was bad in fact it is perfect and was made and designed by God, but it does not save you! God always knew this Yet the way Israel showed their faith was through their works! The different ways also showed the world that they had and knew the true God of the universe! The Law was made to condemn and to show the need for a God and Savior! Now we gentiles never ever had the law yet we do have a conscience and we can know the right from wrong and all we need to do is know that GOD IS RIGHT AND JESUS IS LORD!
So back to the doctrine of One! Most Christians regardless of their background would say there is "one" Body! That there is "one" Spirit and "one" Lord and Faith BUT when it come to the "one" baptism all of a sudden there is two!!!! Spirit and water! WHY? Because church's and pastors want to include a performance and works concept back into the salvation process! There either is one or not ONE baptism!
LETS BE GODLY AND BIBLICAL SAINTS NOT RELIGIOUS! What does the bible say....??? Things change in scripture! God changed how He dealt with mankind! Follow God not the religious systems, after all that is how Israel got in the mess to begin with!
SUPPORT THE WEAK!
Isa 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Under the Old Covenant Isaiah says to Israel,...strengthen the weak, feeble and fearful hearts, and be strong in God! ...And they were to put their faith in God, just as we are to do,...BUT there was no Holy Spirit in them! They did have what we have today! We are still to comfort and support the weak and be patient with all men, but we have a advantage that the Old Covenant. saints did not have, we have the Holy Spirit in us! We have Christ in us and we are IN CHRIST! So we may through His power and His strength comfort, strengthen and support the weak in faith!
1Thes 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all me
REJOICE, PRAY and be THANKFUL
16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ...
AND ALLOW YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY REST IN CHRIST!
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.