Archive for November, 2007

Ground Zero

November 29, 2007

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This is the center of the world. This is where all Bible prophecy converges, and will be fulfilled. The controversy is over the ‘audacity’ of God in making a Covenant with Abraham, and making a chosen people, and, with a world and it’s prince who hate this fact. In other words, the issue is, Does God keep His word or not?

ian.

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His strength and my feebleness

November 27, 2007

2Co 12:9-10  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength (dunamis) is perfected in feebleness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

(10)  Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in calamities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

What a delight.

ian.

Ian’s comment on Oz election result

November 25, 2007

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“You didn’t take me seriously.” – Jesus

November 19, 2007

No one likes to be not taken seriously, to be taken lightly.

In Rev. 3 we read that our Lord Jesus called some of His own “lukewarm”.  They no longer took Him seriously. They took many other things seriously, like their wealth, and pursuits, and they took those things more seriously than Jesus.

He is worthy that we take Him seriously, more seriously than anything in this world. Yes, we may be weary at times, and pressured down by the enemy at times, yet, we need to be mindful, especially at these times, that our heart takes Him seriously, as seriously as He deserves.

ian.

Listen to this

November 13, 2007

Do we love the Church as Jesus does?

November 11, 2007

Eph 5:29-30  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as also the Lord does the church.  (30)  For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.   (Please read all of Chapter 5)

Our Lord Jesus cherishes and nourishes His Church, His Body. Do we? Do we even discern the Body of Christ in the way that He does? Are we willing to yield ourselves to Him, so that He can work thru us, as He wills, to cherish and nourish His Body?

Jesus never cherishes and nourishes a sect, denomination or cult. Denominations are simply legitimized cults, as are many “non-denominational churches”.

His Body is scattered throughout the world, and Babylon (christendom), and He calls His people out of Babylon.

If we love the Church as Jesus does, then we will see people as He sees them, and be free to serve them with the Truth, and to function as His Body, no matter the opposition. We will have an unfailing love for our brethren who misunderstand us and who even presently oppose us, or don’t acknowledge the Gifts of the Holy Spirit functioning thru us. Why? The love of Christ compels us. We acknowledge that the Church is His Church, not ours, and it’s for Him, not us.

ian.

Conformed to whom? Fred Bloggs?

November 9, 2007

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, brothers, I exhort you through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your intelligent (logical) service. (2) And do not fashion yourselves (conform) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of God.

Saw this morning how, in that we are not to be “conformed to this world”, in verse 2 : the “world” here means the totality of everything other than Christ Himself. It means we are to be conformed to Christ exclusively. Many times we have been conformed to men, other than the Man Christ Jesus. The system thrives on this.

Rom. 12:1-2 is an ongoing process. Some of us have more to “unlearn” , to un-conform from, than others, depending on how deep we have been into personal idolatry. The Lamb will have a people conformed to Him and not another. Only such are “free”.

A brother’s comment on a forum, which is apt here:

“I’d only ask that people recognize that there is a generalized human need to have someone to admire, and to be careful in how we respond to that need.”

Worth understanding how we tick, eh.

We must never knowingly fulfill another’s need for someone to admire, by the way we present ourselves to others. Such is a misrepresentation of the truth in Christ Jesus.

2 Cor. 12:6 For if I should desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I spare you, lest anyone consider me to be beyond what he sees me to be or hears something from me.

Many times we’ve considered certain people to be “beyond” or above, what they really are in truth, and vice-versa.

The truth has to prevail in every instance. We can say, that those who cloud, obscure, misrepresent or exaggerate the truth about who they are (make themselves out to be someone) are making themselves enemies of the Truth, and causing others to stumble, by drawing others after themselves (contrast with Paul’s attitude).

ian.

Mystery and Revelation, by Mark Finger

November 2, 2007

Disclaimer and admission: the following was inspired by the faith of two brothers, Bob and Ian, both of whom love the Lord and the brethren: and as they have heard, so have I heard; for the word of the Lord has been given to all the saints.

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Consider the words of our Chief Prophet:

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these,” (Mark 12:29-31).

Above, God speaks to one people, urging us to remember our unity and singleness of purpose in Him—that we are “one body”—and that He speaks to us with one Voice1. We see this in the words that He spoke through His holy prophets: “Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people,” (Jeremiah 28:7). Therefore, revelation is by nature, corporate, never exclusive: for all things that can be known—that are the Father’s will for us to know—are freely revealed to all (John 16:13). And so we see that the mind of the Spirit is clear and His wisdom is simple–for we receive the truth as “little children”–and His truths are spoken clearly to us in a way that cannot be easily misunderstood2. Not only is His will revealed “to all saints,” but His mysteries are hidden “from all saints.” We can neither deny what is revealed nor speak authoritatively concerning what is hidden for to do either is to deny the word of our Lord Who cannot be denied: “… let God be true, but every man (who opposes His word) a liar,” (Romans 3:4). We know that God will keep His promise concerning the Jewish people, but precisely how He will bring this to pass remains a mystery: therefore, we must look circumspectly upon those who speak authoritatively concerning matters that have not been given them to know–for these wallow in conceit (self-knowledge which falls far short of the true wisdom of God)3.

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd,” (John 10:16).

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins,” (Romans 11:25-27).

It is the character of God to do all of the following:

1) speak to one people (one body)
2) destroy all who refuse to hear Him
3) judge all men by Jesus Christ4

We see all three of these aspects of God’s character in the witness Paul gives to the Jewish people concerning the Father’s promise to them:

“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities,” (Acts 3:22-26).

The Lord’s children know His voice because they are familiar with His Person (Whom is speaking)5. They will not hear another6. Consequently, the premier external test and evidence that we have heard clearly from the Lord is the confirmation of the saints, for He speaks the same word in the ears of all His people.

 

Certainly, the love that we are to have for one another reflects this unity and affirms that we have heard the same Word (1 John 3:16-18).

 

And so we discover that ‘hearing the word of the Lord’ is a product of relationship, not gifting or function: and that, as we gather in the love of His Spirit, the Person of Christ is revealed.

 

Where men deny other saints the freedom to function as God has ordained within the assembly, each contributing as they are so led by God (which is always in agreement with scripture’s commands), the Person of Christ is both mischaracterized (falsely represented) and not fully revealed in that moment, a fact which quenches and grieves the Holy Spirit Who has come to testify of Him7.

 

Worse, the assembled saints are not strengthened as God desires (as “one body”): for spiritual “increase” is a product of all saints working together in the love, admonition, nurture, and unity of the Lord7.

 

No man who attempts to restrain the working and leadership of the Holy Spirit can legitimately consider himself either an example in Christ or an elder of the faith: for this is the doctrine of idolatry. Some saints do so ignorantly, some knowingly. Let us not be counted in either camp.

Scripture References

1) “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another,” (Romans 12:5).

2) “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein,” (Luke 18:17).

3) “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law,” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

4) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth … for the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. (John 5:22-23; Acts 10:42, 17:31; Romans 10:4)

5) “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice … I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine,” (John 10:4, 14).

6)“And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers,” (John 10:5).

7) “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness … and grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption,” (Ephesians 4:16, 24, 30).

Being a Friend of God

November 1, 2007

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

It’s easy to spend time with a friend.

When God is our friend, it’s easy to spend time fellowshipping with Him, and talking with Him (a.k.a. praying).

And, the person who is a friend of God is also friends with His friends. It’s a mutual thing.

Jesus laid down His life for His friends.

ian.