Come let us Grow Together: Do you Love your Spouse?

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God.  The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

Regardless of societal or cultural changes, we must remain steadfast, unshakeable, and unmovable in the Word of God.  Are we being obedient to the roles in which God has ordained for us to walk in according to whether we be a husband or a wife?

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Eph 5:22)

Wives, you are to submit yourselves unto your own husbands in like manner as you submit yourselves unto the Lord!!  Are you fulfilling your role to your husband?

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:23-24)

Even as the Church is subject unto Christ in every thing, even so wives are to be in subjection to their own husbands in every thing!!

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:25-27)

Husbands, you are to love your wives and be willing to die for her even as Christ also loved the Church!!  Are you fulfilling your role to your wife?

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (Eph 5:28)

Husbands you are to love your wife as your own body!!

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Eph 5:29)

Even as the Lord nourishes and cherishes the Church, even so must you husband’s love your wife!!  Are you fulfilling your role to your wife?

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Eph 5:30-33)

Husbands, do you love your wives even as yourself??  Wives, do you reverence your husbands??

What if my husband is not in Church?

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1 Peter 3:1-2)

Are you fulfilling your role to your husband?

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; (1 Peter 3:3)

What adorning should it be then?

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. (1 Peter 3:4-6)

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Col 3:18-19)

Are you fulfilling your roles as God ordained for the husband and the wife?

Let’s fulfill our roles according to what thus saith the Word of God.

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C & C: How Can I, Except Some Man should Guide Me?

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Acts 8:25-39
25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

It is of the utmost importance that you have a Pastor and a preacher in your life!!  Otherwise how can you hear and understand except some man should guide you?

Romans 10:13-17
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You need a Pastor and a preacher in your life to hear and understand the Word of God!!  You need help from the called man of God!! “how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”

Hebrews 13:17
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

It is vitally important that you understand what you read and what you hear!!  It is vitally important that scripture is interpreted correctly!!  It is vitally important to understand the context of the scriptures you are reading!!  How can I, except some man should guide me?

Even the passages we just read have eternal consequences to your soul concerning salvation!!  You can look at these scriptures and immediately say “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” not keeping the verse at hand in context with the epistle to the Roman Church and not in the correct understanding with other scriptures to the destruction of your own soul!! Did the scripture not also say “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” Have you believed the report?  Have you obeyed the gospel?

2 Timothy 2:15
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Are you studying the scriptures to see if what you are being taught is correct?

2 Timothy 3:16-17
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.

What about what Jesus said?

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

What about what the Apostle Paul just said in Romans chapter 10 verse 13?  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Did he make a mistake?  Or have a greater revelation than Jesus Christ of whom he received the gospel?  Or is there something that you do not understand?  How can I, except some man should guide me?

What is the context of the scripture at hand?  How does this work together with the other scriptures in the Word of God?  We just read that when Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch that the eunuch upon seeing “a certain water” “said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

So after hearing and believing the preaching of Jesus the eunuch knew he must be baptized.  So did the Apostle Paul not know this?  Or is there something that you do not understand?  How can I, except some man should guide me?

Does the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 10 forget what he said in chapter 6 concerning baptism in Jesus name that the people obeyed?  Does that make void what Jesus spoke?  “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Or is there something that you do not understand?  How can I, except some man should guide me?

Romans 6:16-18
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness

So the people that the Apostle Paul was speaking to had “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered” them before he later tells these same people “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

In Romans 6:17 we find that the Apostle Paul says, “but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”  In Romans 10:9 above it read, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  Does this make void the doctrine that they obeyed from the heart that was delivered to them?  The answer is no.  It is written that they had obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to them.

As you can see from this example you can not just go to a certain scripture in a certain book of the Word of God and decide that you understand it’s meaning without studying the rest of the scriptures contained elsewhere.  What you see here is the people obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine that was delivered to them and then later on those people were told that “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  This is because these people had “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered” to them.  What is this form of doctrine which was delivered to them?  It is the baptism in Jesus name.   Hear it!

Romans 6:3
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

This form of doctrine that they obeyed from the heart is found in the book of Acts 2:36-39.

Acts 2:36-39
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the 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.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

Acts 8:34-39
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

The preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to someone who is not saved will always bring forth what you must do in order to be saved!!  “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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:38-41)

Salvation is the gift of God but if you do not obey the gospel and “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” by applying what was spoken to “even as many as the LORD our God shall call” (Acts 2:39) then you will be lost in your sins because you did not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ!!

Romans 10:13-17
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Let’s take a closer look at Romans chapter 6 where we learn that those to whom this epistle to the Church at Rome had already obeyed from their heart and you will discover the topic of baptism in Jesus name and that of the promise of the Holy Ghost.  It was this form of doctrine that they had obeyed that had set them free from the law of sin and death!!

Romans 6:16-18
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Let’s take a closer look at Romans chapter 6.

Romans 6:1-9
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Notice carefully the question asked here, “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”  The Apostle Paul goes on to explain how we become dead to sin.

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Notice the if clause in verse 5.  If we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.  Also in verse 3 the Apostle Paul speaks of the baptism in Jesus name as the way that we are planted together in the likeness of his death.  This is that form of doctrine that they obeyed from the heart which was delivered to them.

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

If you are not planted together in the likeness of his death, the body of sin will not be destroyed and you will perish in your sins because your old man was not crucified with him and therefore you will not be dead with Christ nor will you be freed from sin that you inherited from Adam.

How can I, except some man should guide me?

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The New Testament Covenant

What is the New Testament Covenant?

Hebrews 8:10-12
10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

This is the New Testament Covenant!  This is the promise that God made to the people of the New Testament.

Hebrews 8:7-9
7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8  For finding fault with them (the people), he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

So how do we partake of this New Covenant that God promised would come?

To partake of this New Testament Covenant that God promised, we must be obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

So the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and he rose again the third day.

So for us to partake of the New Testament Covenant, we must be obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Which was that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and he rose again the third day.

How then do we partake of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection?  For this answer, lets listen to what Jesus tells us in the four gospels books.

Luke 13:1-5
1  There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

According to Jesus we must repent or we will perish.

Mark 16:15-16
15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

We are told by Jesus here that we must believe and be baptized in order to be saved.

John 3:1-7
1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Here we find out by Jesus that we must be born again or we cannot see or enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 10:22
22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

And finally we learn that we must endure to the end to be saved.

So to sum up what we were told, Jesus tells us that we must believe, repent, be born again of water and of the Sprit, and finally we must endure to the end.

So to be obedient to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we must believe, repent,  be born of water, be born of Spirit, and then endure to the end.

In Acts chapter 2 verses 1-4 we learn….

Acts 2:1-4
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.

As we continue reading we find that there were Jews present out of every nation under heaven.  They questioned, what meaneth this?  Apostle Peter explains to all that are present this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.  That it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.
And then in……

Acts 2:36-41
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?

The people there believed that what the Apostle Peter spoke was the truth, and it pricked their hearts, and brought forth conviction, and they asked, 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.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Notice that the people believed, then the Apostle Peter tells them to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and then tells them that they will receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  This is the fulfillment of what Jesus instructed us to do in the gospels.

Notice verse 39 tells us that this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  This lets us know without any doubt that this promise was to everyone throughout every generation that is to come.

So to partake of the New Testament Covenant, we must be obedient to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, by being born again of water and of the Spirit.

To fulfill these instructions given by God, we must do what the Apostle Peter instructed us.  We must 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.

Hebrews 8:13
13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 9:14-28
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.

Matthew 26:26-29
26  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Jesus Christ the Righteous!  The sacrificial Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

After we partake of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which was the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we now have the New Testament Promise.  The Covenant God made with His people.  Which was….

Hebrews 8:10-12
10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

So how does this process of the New Testament Covenant work?

Romans 5:8-21
8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
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.)
18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank God for his wonderful Gifts that He has left behind for us to partake of!

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Come let us Grow Together: Uprooting the Root of Bitterness

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God.  The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (Jn 1:29-34)

John knew who Jesus was!!

“Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Mt 11:2-6)

While in prison John began to question whether or not Jesus was the Son of God and sent his disciples to ask Jesus.  Notice carefully Jesus’ last words to tell John.

John was either beginning to develop a root of bitterness or the Lord knew that he was about to start developing a root of bitterness and instructed John not to be offended in Him.  John was in prison for the word’s sake. “For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.” (Mt 14:3-4)

John did not realize that his ministry was now about to be fulfilled as a martyr for Jesus Christ and the Gospel’s sake.  He began to doubt as to whether or not Jesus was the son of God.  So he sent his disciples, even though God had revealed to him, “Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending …. the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” (Jn 1:33b)

Careful!! “Lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” (Heb 12:15b)

There are also those that have no root in them who also get offended for the word’s sake.

“And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.” (Mk 4:16-17)
It is time to get off of the stony ground and it is time to also get rid of any root of bitterness that has sprung up in you.

You must forgive whoever has offended you and grow strong roots in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jer 17:8)

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.” (Pro 12:1-3)

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 Jn 4:20-21)

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Col 2:6-7) “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;” (Eph 3:17-18)

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C & C: You Never Know Who is Watching You

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

2 Corinthians 3:1-6
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Your life is a written epistle known and read of all men and You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  You may think I don’t care what people think of me.  I’m going to do whatever I feel like whenever I feel like.  But You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  Your actions in your life can have a major impact on multitudes of people.

Mark 5:1-20
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

Jesus had his eye on him!!

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  You may think I don’t care what people think of me.  I’m going to do whatever I feel like whenever I feel like.  But You Never Know Who is Watching You and the impact you can have on multitudes of people.  This man possessed with a legion of demons had no idea that Jesus had his eye upon him and was going to set him free!!  It could be you next!!  Even if you think it will never happen to me.  One day, maybe today, you will be set free and your actions in your life can have a major impact on multitudes of people.

15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

Through one man being delivered of a legion of demons by Jesus Christ all eyes were now upon him and Jesus!!  What will your response be onlooker?  Will you ask Jesus to depart out of your city?  Will you oppose the Almighty God of the heavens and the earth?  Or will you rejoice with Jesus and the one delivered from their demon possession and welcome the Master to your city with great joy and not fear?

18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

This man wanted to follow Jesus but Jesus knew that Decapolis needed a witness.  This man went home and told all of his friends!!  This could be you this very day!!  He spread forth how Jesus had compassion upon him and published all throughout Decapolis “and all men did marvel.”  You Never Know Who is Watching You!!

Mark 7:31-37
31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

The man who was possessed of the devil had published all throughout Decapolis what wonderful things Jesus Christ had done for him!!  A whole multitude of people were stirred up by the testimony of a man that was delivered of demon possession who once had all eyes upon him because he was mad, and cutting himself, and no man could tame or keep him bound!!

36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!

Acts 17:1-14
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

Your witness for Jesus Christ can be felt around the world as God changes your life and gives you ministries to witness of him around the world.  Whether it be in person or by means of the internet!!  You Never Know Who is Watching You!!

5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

It’s time to turn your world upside down through the power of the Holy Ghost!!  Yes you!!  This day God could set you free and anoint you to turn your world upside down and not your world alone but the entire world through your ministries given to you by God to reach out all over the world.  Whether in person or through internet ministries of which are powerful methods for reaching souls around the world for the glory of God!!

7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!! “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.” (Lk 11:23)  Which one are you?  “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Cor 6:1-2)

9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  Those of Berea “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  They did not believe blindly what they were being taught!!  Do you?  If you don’t know the Word of God and search out the scriptures daily to see what you are being taught by your Pastor or teacher then you will believe anything no matter how out of context what you are being taught is. Blown “with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Eph 4:14)

13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.

Are you gathering in with Jesus or are you scattering abroad with satan?  Are you asking Jesus into your country and into your city?  Or are you pleading with him to depart from your coasts and your borders?  You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Lk 6:43-46)

Luke 9:51-56
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Some nations, some territories, some peoples, some counties, and some cities may reject Jesus Christ at the first!!  Or a new people arise in their place and over time they reject Jesus Christ as where their former people’s of that land may not have rejected Christ!!  Should we call upon the Lord and command that fire should come down out of heaven and consume them all?  What spirit are you of?  Do you know?  If Jesus would have said yes, then how could the people of Samaria ever receive the Word of God and be saved?  You Never Know Who is Watching You!!

Acts 8:5-8
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.

Today could be the day that you are delivered of devils that have been possessing your vessel!!  It’s time to get to a Church that is Holy Ghost filled, preaching the truth, and be set free of the demon possession you are living under!!  Today could be the day that you receive the miracle to your body or mind that you have so long lived with and are desperately in need of Jesus to deliver you!!  It’s time to get to a Church that is Holy Ghost filled, preaching the truth, and be set free by the miracle working power of Jesus Christ!!  Are you to concerned with who is looking at you?  Do you have to much fear or pride in your life preventing you from reaching out to Jesus for what you have need of concerning your life?  You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  You may find that God delivers you of all of your addictions and afflictions in your life and you may become a world changer!!  You could be the one that God calls to set your city, your nation, your world on fire for God!!  Go turn our world upside down!!

Acts 16:16-26
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  Even satan was watching Paul even as satan and his angels are watching you!!

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

You may cost people some money as they come out from their corrupt practices!!  You may cause your city to want to cast you into prison!!  You may cause your city to become zealous of our God and have a mighty move of God and revival!!

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

You may bear in your body the marks of the Lord Jesus!!  While your witness causes many people to convert to the truth to the saving of their souls!!

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

You Never Know Who is Watching You!!  It didn’t matter to the Apostle Paul and Silas that they were surrounded by other prisoners and were currently sitting in a prison because they were preaching the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!  Even after being beat and cast into prison unjustly the Apostle Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God “and the prisoners heard them.”

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

You Never Know Who is Watching You and the multitudes of people that are affected by you!!

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Scriptures to Commit to Memory and some of the Reasons Why

1) Isaiah 28:9-13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 2:15-16, Hebrews 11:6, 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

The goal here is to show how scriptures are set up in the Bible so that one can learn to whom God will teach knowledge and to whom God will make to understand doctrine. That all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  That without faith it is impossible to please God for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him, because the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

2) Luke 23:39-43, Mark 2:5-11, Hebrews 9:15-28, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30

The goal here is to show that the thief on the cross died under the Old Testament and was not part of the New Testament which did not take place until Acts chapter 2 when the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the believers.  This was the birth of the New Testament Church.

3) John 3:1-8, Luke 13:1-5, Mark 16:14-18, Luke 24:44-53, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:36-39

The goal here is to show how we must be born again to see or enter the kingdom of God.  This shows we must repent, be baptized, and the name we are to be baptized in according to Jesus’ own words which took place in Luke 24:47 as well as Matthew 28:19 and when both are fulfilled as the Apostles understood since Jesus had opened their understanding concerning himself in scripture in Luke 24:44 the fulfillment is found in Acts 2:38.

4) Acts 2:36-39, Acts 8:13-22, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6, Acts 22:16

The goal here is to show that baptism is always done in Jesus name.  This also covers in a few instances the receiving of the Holy Ghost speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that it isn’t an automatic process.  This can be seen in Acts chapter 8:16 and Acts 19:6.  For those who say that Acts chapter 8 doesn’t specifically mention speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance it is clear that Simon saw that by the laying on of the Apostle’s hands the people received the Holy Ghost and he offered them money.  What did he see?  He never offered money when he was watching miracles and signs being performed.  The scriptures already have shown that receiving the Holy Ghost was evidenced with the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance and doesn’t have to reiterate it every time.

5) 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Acts 2:36-39, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11-13, Galatians 5:6, Titus 3:4-5, Ephesians 5:25-27

The goal here is to show that by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  However, the grace of God teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world and that faith works by love.  As Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)  So for us to be saved by grace through faith we must be obedient to the commandments God has given to us that show us how to be born again of water and of the Spirit (John 3:1-8) or we do not love Jesus.  This is fulfilled when we obey the gospel of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, where we are sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water by the word.  Which are references to how we were born again.  Which is referencing the plan of salvation for all mankind which was given in the book of Acts chapter 2 by the Apostle Peter.  “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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

6) Acts 2:36-39, Romans 6:1-8, Romans 6:14-19, Romans 10:8-17, Colossians 2:11-15, 1 Peter 3:20-22

The goal here is to show that those to whom the Apostle Paul said, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9) that those same people had already been obedient to the plan of salvation found in the book of Acts as they had already “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18) This statement the Apostle Paul made in direct reference to the beginning of the same chapter saying, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4) We also find out that it is in the water baptism in Jesus name that we “are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-12) This is why the Apostle Peter who was the Apostle who gave us the plan of salvation in the book of Acts 2:38 says in 1 Peter 3:21 “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:” The baptism in Jesus name saves us not by the putting away of the filth of the flesh but rather by the circumcision of Christ where we are buried with him in baptism.  Thus the answer of a good conscience toward God because of your faith of the operation of God where your sins are remitted.  Thus “baptism doth also now save us”.

7) Isaiah 28:9-13, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:16-21, Joel 2:28-32, 1 Corinthians 14:21, 1 Corinthians 12:1, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, 1 Corinthians 14:1, 1 Corinthians 14:12

The goal here is to show the Holy Ghost as was prophesied to come and how it was fulfilled with the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance.  It is also to show that from 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14 the topic is spiritual gifts and not the receiving of the Holy Ghost.  It also shows that to compare the gift of divers kinds of tongues to the receiving of the Holy Ghost evidenced with the speaking with others tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance to try to justify why every one doesn’t speak with other tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost is also comparable to saying do all have the gift of faith even as the gift of faith isn’t the same as having faith of which if you did not have you would not become born again and thus would not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Even so the gift of faith and the gift of divers kinds of tongues are only gifts of the Holy Ghost of which you must first receive to operate any of the gifts.

8) Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:20-25, John 10:30, John 14:15-20, Hebrews 1:4-5, Acts 2:32-33, 1 Timothy 3:16

The goal here is to show that the son that was to be born of a virgin would be both “The mighty God, The everlasting Father” and that it was the Holy Ghost that overshadowed the virgin Mary when she conceived child and that child’s name was Jesus of which was received by inheritance and since Jesus said “ I and my Father are one” and that it was himself that would not leave us comfortless saying “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” while it was Jesus himself that poured out the Holy Ghost upon the believers whereas the Apostle Peter said, “he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear”.  It becomes apparent that the revealed name of God in the New Testament was Jesus as Jesus is God manifest in the flesh.

9) John 1:17, Romans 3:19-20, Romans 6:12-16, Romans 7:12, Romans 8:1-4, Romans 10:4, 2 Corinthians 3:6-11, Galatians 3:9-13, Galatians 4:4-7, Ephesians 2:13-18, Hebrews 8:6-13, Hebrews 10:9-18

The goal here is to show with absolute certainty that we are not living under the Old Testament Law of Moses.  “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” (Romans 8:3) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4) “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” (Hebrews 8:7) “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:13) “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9-10)

10) Isaiah 28:9-13, Matthew 11:28-30, Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 14:21-22, Hebrews 4:1-11, Colossians 2:16-17, Romans 14:4-6, Galatians 4:9-11, Galatians 4:19-26, Romans 10:4

The goal here is to show how the Sabbath rest is fulfilled in Jesus Christ through the receiving of the Holy Ghost.  “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:11-12) “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” (1 Corinthians 14:21-22) In verse 21 the Apostle Paul is speaking of the receiving of the Holy Ghost as the Spirit gives the utterance when a person first receives the Holy Ghost while also confirming once again that there are those for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.  Whereas in verse 22 the Apostle Paul goes back to the main topic of spiritual gifts of the Holy Ghost and thus speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance becomes a snare as seen from Isaiah 28:13 which says, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” (See number 7 for explanation of receiving the Holy Ghost versus divers kinds of tongues.)  This Sabbath rest being fulfilled in Jesus Christ through the receiving of the Holy Ghost continues to be seen “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” (Hebrews 4:1-2) “For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:” (Hebrews 4:4-6) “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:10-11) “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4) Remember we are not living under the Mosaic Law, but grace and truth by Jesus Christ.

11) Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:9, 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 Peter 1:13-16

The goal here is to show that following after peace and holiness is part of salvation.  That we are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  We are told to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” and to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  Therefore we are to be “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

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Come let us Grow Together: The Gospel of the Stars

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God.  The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. (Psa 19:1-6)

Many people teach a doctrine that the Gospel of Christ is found in the constellations of the Zodiac.  They typically refer to a few passages of scriptures to bring forth this teaching.  One person writes:

The twelve major constellations of the Zodiac are referred to in the bible as the “Mazzaroth.”  The word Zodiac comes from the Greek word Zoe, which means life, and Dia, which means through or pathway.  Zodiac literally means: “the path to life.”  According to many Christian scholars, God depicted his story and his promise of salvation within the stars with the Gospel written in symbolic pictorial language manifesting the path to eternal life.

However this is not true.  The word Mazzaroth is found in Job 38:32a which reads, “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?”  Most likely the word Mazzaroth does refer to what we call the Zodiac, but this is not certain.

4216. mazzarah, maz-zaw-raw’; appar. from H5144 in the sense of distinction; some noted constellation (only in the plur.), perh. collect. the zodiac:–Mazzoroth. Comp. H4208.

The word zodiac does not mean the path of life, but rather circle of animals.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English zodiaque  < Latin zodiacus  < Greek zoidiakòs  ( kýklos ) signal (circle), equivalent to zoidi ( on ) animal sign ( zô ( ion ) animal + -idion  diminutive suffix) + -akos  -ac

Word Origin & History: Zodiac
late 14c., from O.Fr. zodiaque , from L. zodiacus  “zodiac,” from Gk. zodiakos (kyklos)  “zodiac (circle),” lit. “circle of little animals,” from zodiaion , dim. of zoion  “animal” (see zoo).

Moreover, the zodiac signs do not even appear above the Arctic Circle (66 degrees latitude) which means that there is no ‘Gospel in the Stars’ for many Eskimos, Siberians, Greenlanders, and Scandinavians. (CRI – Christian Research Institute)

In an article by Alova entitled, “An Astrological Dilemma: Polar Latitudes” it states, “Everywhere in polar latitudes, there are dates and times when sections of the zodiac never rise or set.” (© 2009, published in ISAR International Astrologer, Sagittarius 2009, p. 27-33
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As you can see, the Gospel in the Stars theory is a lie from hell to trick one into astrology.

Psalms 19:1-6
1  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

Here we see that the heavens declare the glory of God.  Notice the word declare.

2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.

Day and night are used here.  Not just night.  So again, this is not referring to the constellations of the Zodiac alone.

3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

This means that everywhere, including above the Arctic Circle at latitude 66.6̊ north and below the Antarctic Circle latitude 66.6̊ south, their voice is heard.  What did they declare? The glory of God.  What is the topic?  The stars.

4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

If this were only referring to night time and the constellations of the Zodiac versus just stars, then the use of day and the sun would not be used.  However, if one recognized that these scriptures are speaking of the stars, then everything makes sense since the sun is a star.

5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

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