The Parable of the Fire Captain

He that loves the Lord, let him obey.

This is a story that took place many, many years ago.  In chapter one, there was a Fire Captain who came to tell men how they could live, if they ever were to catch on fire.   Upon one occasion he told one person, that if you want to live if you catch on fire, you must Stop and Roll.  This baffled the man because he was uncertain how one could roll while standing up.

At another occasion in chapter one, several people were gathered around and many of them doubted the doctrine of the Fire Captain.  So the Fire Captain told these people, If you want to live if you catch on fire, you must Drop to the name of the Ground, Land, and Dirt.  Go therefore and teach all people.

Upon a separate occasion in chapter one, the Fire Captain was talking with his Fire Lieutenants and he asked them, who do the people say that I am?  And after several responses, he then asked his Fire Lieutenants, who do you say that I am?   And one of the Fire Lieutenants said you are the Fire Captain the one who will save us from the fire.  The Fire Captain replied you are blessed so I will give you the Keys to How to live if you catch on fire.

It came to pass that many of the people hated the Fire Captain because they did not believe that he really was the Fire Captain.  So they persecuted him and put him to death.

Later on in chapter two, their was a big fire in one of the buildings where many followers of the Fire Captain were gathered together.  The crowd came to see what was taking place, because to their amazement the people were rolling all around and none of them were injured or killed.  So the people started yelling out how is it that you people were able to live seeing that your clothes have caught on fire?  Then the one Fire Lieutenant that correctly identified the Fire Captain spoke up with the other eleven Fire Lieutenants gathered around and said, you men that are gathered around here, be it known to you that this Fire Captain you have killed was really the Fire Captain as he claimed.

Upon hearing this and knowing what they had just witnessed with all these followers of the Fire Captain still alive and unharmed, the people said we did not realize that he was truly the Fire Captain, what must we do that we too will not die if we catch on fire?  Then the one Fire Lieutenant that correctly identified the Fire Captain spoke and said, to live if you catch on fire, you must Stop, Drop to the Earth, and you will roll around.

Still Later on in chapter three, a different Fire Lieutenant than the one Fire Lieutenant that correctly identified the Fire Captain, spoke to a group of people who had all experienced catching on fire and applying what the Fire Captain had told them to do, and this Fire Lieutenant told them that if you catch on fire, just believe the Fire Captain and you will live.

It came to pass over time that this story was recorded in a book.  Many generations later, people still wanted to know how to live if they were to catch on fire.  So three different teachers studied through the three chapters in the book.

The first teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to live if you catch on fire.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to live if you catch on fire, that you have to Stop and just believe the Fire Captain and you will live.

The second teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to live if you catch on fire.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to live if you catch on fire, that you have to not only Stop, but you must Drop to the name of the Ground, Land, and Dirt and you will live.

The third teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to live if you catch on fire.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to live if you catch on fire, that you must Stop, Drop to the Earth, and you will roll around and you will live.

Who of the three teachers was obedient to the Fire Captain?

Who of the three teachers was not obedient to the Fire Captain?

The Meaning of the Parable

This is a true story that took place many, many years ago.  In the four books of the Gospel, there was a man named Jesus Christ who came to tell men how they could have eternal life, so that they would be able to escape going to Hell.   Upon one occasion he told a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, that if you want to enter the Kingdom of God, you must be born again of water and of the Spirit.  This baffled the man because he was uncertain how one could be born again.

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.

At another occasion in the four books of the Gospel, several people were gathered around and many of them doubted the doctrine of Jesus Christ.  So Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples in reference to gaining eternal life, while all the people were gathered around, and told them, Go therefore and teach all nations.  baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:16:20
16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Upon a separate occasion in the four books of the Gospel, Jesus Christ was talking with his Apostles and he asked them, who do the people say that I am?  And after several responses, He then asked his Apostles, who do you say that I am?   And one of the Apostles named Peter said  thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Then Jesus Christ replied you are blessed for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven

Matthew 16:13-19
13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

It came to pass that many of the people hated Jesus Christ because they did not believe that he really was the Son of God.  So they persecuted him and put him to death.

Matthew 16:20-21
20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21  From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Later on in the book of Acts or the Acts of the Apostles, the followers of Jesus Christ were all with one accord in one place.  And as they prayed and sought the Lord they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.   When it was noised abroad multitudes and crowds came to see what was taking place, because to their amazement every man heard them speaking in their own languages wherein they were born.  So the people started yelling out, What meaneth this?  Then Peter, the Apostle Jesus had given the keys to the kingdom of heaven, stood up with the other eleven Apostles and spoke unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.  Peter continued on saying, this Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.

Upon hearing this and now knowing they had crucified the Lord Jesus Christ they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren what shall we do?  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 2:1-47
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.
5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12  And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19  And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35  Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
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.
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.
42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Still Later on in the epistles to the churches, Apostle Paul was speaking instead of Apostle Peter and he was addressing the churches, of which already understood the plan of salvation given by Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost from the book of Acts and he told the people if you confess with your mouth and believe God raised Jesus from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:8-10
8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9  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.
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

It came to pass over time that this story was recorded in the Bible.  Many generations later, people still wanted to know how to obtain eternal life and escape from going to Hell.  So three different teachers studied through the Bible.

The first teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell, that you have to Repent and just believe in thine heart that God hath raised Jesus from the dead, confessing Jesus is Lord, and thou shalt be saved.

The second teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell, that you have to not only Repent, but you must be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and thou shalt be saved.

The third teacher claimed that he had the understanding of how to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell.  He taught all the people that he met, that if you want to obtain eternal life and escape going to Hell, that you 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, and thou shalt be saved.  And 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.

Who of the three teachers was obedient to the teaching of Jesus Christ?

Who of the three teachers was not obedient to the teaching of Jesus Christ?

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Come let us Grow Together: Grace

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.

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Rm 5:1-2)  Though we are “justified by faith” it is important to take notice that “we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand”.  Did you know that you can turn the grace of God into lasciviousness?  “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (Jude 1:3-5)

We are warned of those that would creep in unaware being ungodly men who would turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Did you know that you can do despite unto the Spirit of grace? “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb 10:28-31)

Did you know that the grace of God that brings salvation has instructions that you are to obey in order to actually be saved by grace?  “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” (Titus 2:11-15)
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Rm 6:1-2) Are you truly abounding in the grace of God and the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ?  “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” (1 Cor 15:1-2)

“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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Mt 7:21-27)

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C & C: The Fire was Hot, But the Vessel was Gold

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.

1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Rejoice when the fiery trial which is to try you comes your way!!  For you are partaking of Christ’s sufferings!!  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, be happy!!  “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” (Jn 15:18-25)

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator!!

Romans 8:16-28
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now!!  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body!!  If so be that we suffer with Christ, that we may be also glorified together!!

2 Timothy 2:8-13
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

We are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together!!  The word of God is not bound!!  “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isa 55:11)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment!!  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Col 3:1-25)   Works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!! While we look not at the things which are seen!! But at the things which are not seen!! For the things which are seen are temporal!! But the things which are not seen are eternal!!

Romans 5:1-6
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.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Justified by faith!!  We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand!!  And rejoice in hope of the glory of God!!  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also!!  Knowing that tribulation works patience!!  And patience, experience!!  And experience, hope!!  And hope makes not ashamed!!  Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts!!  By the Holy Ghost which is given unto us!!

James 1:1-4
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Count it all joy when you fall into various temptations!!  Let patience have her perfect work!!
That you may be perfect and entire!!  Wanting nothing!!  Does anyone desire godliness with contentment??

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven!! A time for mercy and a time for judgment!!  A time to be delivered and a time to remain!!  A time to pluck up from the roots which is planted and a time to plant which is aright!!  A time for offenses to come and a time for offenses to cease!!  A time for persecutions and tribulations!!  And a time for flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!!  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!!

Acts 14:19-23
19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Revival can not be stopped!!  Whether stoned and left as one dead or not!!  Revival can not be stopped!!  For the Lord is with us!!  Returning again Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers will be ordained and anointed from on High!!

2 Corinthians 11:23-33
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

2 Corinthians 12:1-16
1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Glory in your infirmities!!  That the power of Christ may rest upon you!!  For the strength of the Lord is made perfect in weakness!!

2 Corinthians 5:1-10
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

We have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens!!  Earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven!!  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord!!

1 Corinthians 3:11-15
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Let us labor therefore in the Lord that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him!!  For the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is!!

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The Oneness of God

Genesis 1:26
26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Who was with God in the beginning and who was His image?

Adam was made in the image of God.  The image of God is the man Christ Jesus.  Adam was made after the image of the second Adam Christ Jesus.  How do we know?

Colossians 1:12-15
12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

So Adam was made after the image of Jesus Christ.  So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” the image and the likeness of which God was referring to, was the man Christ Jesus, of whom was not yet born after the flesh, but was in the mind of God!!  For God had an eternal purpose in Christ Jesus.  This purpose was in the thought, the plan, and the mind of God before the foundation of the world!!

Ephesians 3:9-11
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:
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,
11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

So God had an eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord before the foundation of the world and Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.  We also have learned that all things were created by Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1-3
1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Again we are told the worlds were made by God’s Son who is Jesus Christ.

3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Notice carefully that Jesus is the expressed image of God’s person!!  God is a Spirit!!

John 1:18
18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

So no man has seen God at any time.  This is because God is s Spirit.

John 4:24
24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Jesus in Luke 24:39 said, “a spirit hath not flesh and bones,”

So Jesus is the image of God’s person!!  God does not have 3 bodies nor is He 3 distinct persons.

So how did the Son of God, Jesus Christ, create the worlds in the beginning with God?  And who is the “Us” that God was referring to when He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”?

We have already learned that the image and likeness of God that the man Adam was made after was actually the man Christ Jesus that was manifested in these last days to destroy the works of the devil and to condemn sin in the flesh.   (See 1 Jn 3:8, Heb 2:14, Rom 8:3)

So how did the Son of God create the worlds in the beginning with God?

The answer is found in the first chapter of John.

John 1:1-3
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.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

So the question becomes what is the Word that was with God and was God.

Strong’s Concordance – 3056. logos, log’-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

So then, the Word that was with God and was God is by definition something said (including the thought) and also the reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive of what was said.  Thus the Word that was with God and was God, was the Wisdom of God that was with God, because Wisdom proceeds out of the Word of God!

So the Word is the thought, plan, and mind of God that was with God and was God.  It was by this Word that the worlds were created.  This Word 4,000 years later became flesh as the Son of God (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,).

We must remember that God calls those things which be not as though they were according to Romans 4:17.  This is how the Son created the worlds in the beginning with God.

So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, He was counseling with Himself in the Wisdom of God.  Thus it was Wisdom that was with God in the beginning, not a second individual in the godhead known as God the Son.

Ephesians 1:11
11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

James 1:18
18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

This word of truth that was with God and was God was the thought, plan, and mind of God that was with God and was God.

So does this agree with scripture that Wisdom was with God in the beginning?

Proverbs 2:6
6  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

So out of the Word of God, which is the thought of God, the Lord gives wisdom.

In proverbs chapter 8 King Solomon speaking of Wisdom says.

Proverbs 8:12, 22-23
12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
22  The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

So who was with God in the beginning?  I wisdom was.

Job also tells us the same.

Job 27:11-12
11  I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12  Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

Look around and see the Wisdom of God in His Creation!

Psalms 33:6
6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 136:5
5  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Jeremiah 51:15
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

So when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, He was counseling with Himself in the Wisdom of God.  Thus it was Wisdom that was with God in the beginning, not a second individual in the godhead known as God the Son.

Luke 11:49 reads…
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

It was the Wisdom of God which spoke this.  For God is Wisdom!!

To sum this up: Our God is One as the scriptures teach us.  However, God is not One substance made up of three distinct persons.  God is a Spirit who manifested himself in the flesh to redeem mankind from their sins.  Jesus Christ is the expressed visible image of the invisible God.

Jesus Christ also revealed to us the Father’s name in the New Testament.

John 5:43
43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Hebrews 1:4-5
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

If Jesus came in his Father’s name and by inheritance obtained a more excellent name and His name was Jesus, then Jesus was the name of His Father.

Jesus tells us in John 17:6…

John 17:6
6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

And again in….

John 17:26
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.

Also we learn that the Holy Ghost comes to us in the name of Jesus.

John 14:26
26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

So the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.  Jesus is the name of God revealed to us in the New Testament.

Therefore it is of the utmost importance that when you are baptized that you are baptized in the name of Jesus.  For the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.

The Apostles understood this because Jesus opened their understanding to this.

Luke 24:44-47
44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

So the Disciples had full understanding of the scriptures.

46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

What is His name?  Jesus.

48  And ye are witnesses of these things.
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.

This referring to the Holy Ghost that was about to be poured out upon the believers.

When the day of Pentecost was fully come and the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the believers, the people present asked what they must do to be saved.  The Apostles who had full understanding of the scriptures and who were just told to preach repentance and remission of sins in Jesus name told all the people present what they must do to be saved.

Acts 2:38-39
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.

This fulfilled what Jesus spoke to His disciples in Matthew 28:19

Matthew 28:19
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus!!

Acts 4:10-12
10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

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