Sunday, December 16, 2018

Weekly Bible Study – December 17, 2018; Study: The Angelic Conflict. Part 1. Introduction and Definition.


The Angelic Conflict. Part 1. Introduction and Definition.
Rev 12:3-4, 7:10-12; Joh 15:26-27; Heb 2:2-4, 29-10

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Angelic Conflict. Part 1. Introduction and Definition.
Rev 12:3-4, 7:10-12; Joh 15:26-27; Heb 2:2-4, 29-10


We have been noting seven reasons for the world’s hostility and hatred toward the believer:

1) Because the kosmos system hates Christ.

2) Because once a person is in the plan of God, as a believer priest, they no longer belong to the world.

3) Because of the principle: the slave is not greater than his master (John 15:20).

4) Because the kosmos is ignorant of the plan of God (John 15:21).

5) Because their (those in the kosmos) old sin nature is exposed.

6) Because the world hates God the Son and therefore they hate God the Father Who sent Him. By the way, the world does not hate God the Holy Spirit, because they really know nothing about Him. That’s why 1Co 2:14 says, But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

Finally, in John 15:23-24, we read, “He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.” This leads us to the seventh reason the kosmos hates the believer found in John 15:25, “But {they have done this} in order that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.”

In spite of the seven reasons why the world hates us today in the intensified stage of the angelic conflict, God’s plan will continue on the earth. The plan now comes from two sources, in John 15:26, the ministry of the Holy Spirit and in verse 27, the ministry of every believer. Every believer is in full time Christian service. John 15:26-27 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, {that is} the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me, and you {will} bear witness also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

This is addressing God the Holy Spirit, as the first witness, who would begin the Church-age on the day of Pentecost in 30 A.D. One of His primary functions is the communication of doctrine, so that an edification structure, built from residual doctrine, will enable us to stand-up against the pressure and antagonism of the cosmos. The second witness is the believer himself (John 15:27) in his ambassadorship, which we have recently studied. Every believer is a witness for Christ. Verse 27 is a reference to the disciples. They have been with Him from the beginning of His earthly ministry, and when the Church-age begins, they will bear witness, and this witnessing principle will be perpetuated to all generations, right down to us today. These two witnesses counteract and counterattack the devil’s world.

John chapter 16 is a continuation of the Gethsemane discourse and an extension of the angelic conflict from the standpoint of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in verses John 16:1-15, and the ministry of God the Son in verses John 16:16-33. In this chapter, TLJC is anticipating the coming of the Church-age, the dispensation in which He is glorified at the right hand of God the Father. This dispensation is where the intensification of the angelic conflict begins. Therefore, we have begun a study of the doctrine of the Angelic Conflict.

Point 1 is a definition:

The angelic conflict is the result of pre-historic creatures being in opposition to God, which began with the fall of Satan, and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God. It refers to two trials of Satan and the fallen angels, one in pre-historic times, the other during human history. Matt 25:41, “Then He will also say to those on His left, Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;” This verse is a reference to angels who are under a curse from eternity past. This is why 1Ti 5:21 calls certain angels His chosen or His elect angels. The angelic conflict is the result of the fall of all angelic creatures with more than one third ending up in opposition to God, which began with the fall of Satan and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God.

The question which needs to be answered is: “Did more than one-third of the angels fall or did they ALL fall and nearly two-thirds came back to Christ through a salvation provided by Him, which is why they are said to be ELECT?” The information we have on the pre-historic past is very vague. However, this should not lead us into thinking that we cannot draw conclusions by comparing scripture with scripture. We can see the results of the restoration of planet earth, the creation of mankind, and the continuing angelic conflict, and we can see their causes. We know that before the creation of mankind Satan had fallen (Isa 14:12; Eze 28:15). We also know that there was a category of angelic creation that was fallen and a category that was called elect and holy angels.

Rev 12:3-4, And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon [Satan] having seven heads and ten horns [or control of seven heads and ten horns, which is the revived Roman empire of the Tribulation plus ecumenical religion], and on his heads were seven diadems or crowns. And his tail [Satan’s power] swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and He [God] threw them to the earth [this will happen in the middle of the Tribulation]. And the dragon [Satan] stood or who had stood before the woman [the virgin Mary] who was about to give birth [This was what Satan tried so hard to stop, anticipating the virgin birth of Christ], so that when she gave birth he [Satan] might devour or destroy her child [destroy the humanity of Christ]. In Mark 8:38, and Luk 9:26, we read, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory, and {the glory} of the Father and of the holy angels.”

In Rev 14:10, notice what it says for those who receive a mark upon their forehead, “he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” We may conclude that the only reason why the angels are called holy angels is because God made them holy by providing for them some non-meritorious way to receive His righteousness. This view is further strengthened by the Word of God which states that Jesus Christ ALONE is the holy One. Rev 15:4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone art holy; For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, For Thy righteous acts have been revealed.

Rev 16:5, And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous art Thou, who art and who was, O Holy One, because Thou didst judge these things;

Since Jesus Christ is called the only Holy One, meaning that He alone is the only One who remains experientially holy, how can it be that the elect angels are called holy? This is a seeming contradiction unless the angels were made holy after they were found to be unholy. In Rev 7:10-12, resurrected believers praise the Lord for salvation, and the angels join in by twice saying Amen. Amen means that they concur, agree, and express that they believe it. That is, they personally believe and understand salvation. Rev 7:10-12, and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

In the Tribulation, while angels bring divine judgment upon the earth, no angel is allowed to execute this judgment apart from Jesus Christ because He alone is worthy, Rev 5:2-5, And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look into it. And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

In Job we find the statement that God charges error against His angels and this is used to argue that no man can be just before God. The argument would lack logic if only some angels were charged with error. Job 4:17-18, Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.

It is very interesting, and important to note, that at the fall Satan had offered man a counterfeit salvation (operation fig leaf) prior to God offering man the true salvation. True salvation looked ahead to Christ, Gen 3:21, And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Satan’s counterfeit was fig leaves, Gen 3:7, Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. A counterfeit pre-supposes understanding of the real. Therefore, Satan would have had to have some prior knowledge of salvation in order to offer a counterfeit plan for covering sinfulness and disobedience.

The key word in all of these passages is the word HOLY, hosios in the Greek, which is used to express the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word is used eight times in the Scriptures for TLJC, and only looks at the absolute uniqueness of Him. Hosios is used of His person in Ac 2:27 and Ac 13:35, as the grantor of blessings for the believer in Ac 13:34, and as His qualification to be High Priest in Heb 7:26. Hosios is also a pre-requisite for prayer in 1Ti 2:8. Hosios is that which should become a believer’s testimony in 1Th 2:10. Hosios is the believer’s goal in Luk 1:75, and a characteristic of the new self or new man in Eph 4:24. Therefore, only the Lord Jesus Christ remains experientially holy, and the four verses where this word is used as an adjective for angelic beings shows us that all angels were once unholy and those who accepted God’s plan for salvation became holy.

There is a syllogism to this: A. Christ is the ONLY Holy One. B. Since men, angels, and things (animal sacrifices etc.) are called holy and His unique holiness is a perpetual holiness, the holiness of others is passed down as a gift and not inherent. C. Angels are called holy and therefore must have been made holy from a status of not being holy, much like the Christian.

Another principle to consider is that no one is perfect but Jesus Christ. Psa 89:5-8, And the heavens will praise Thy wonders, O Lord; Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord, A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him? O Lord God of hosts, who is like Thee, O mighty Lord? Thy faithfulness also surrounds Thee.

In Col 1:19-20 Jesus Christ is said to reconcile all things to Himself, For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Reconciliation is the making of peace between those who are enemies. In these verses the Lord is said to accomplish this for things on earth and in heaven.

The condemnation against Satan in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 is very specifically against him and him alone. However, after his sin and fall, God allowed him to tempt all the other angels to follow him. God did not interfere with this evil scheme because in His omniscience He knew they would buy the lie and He had something far better for them, salvation. Suppose that all the angels fell and at that moment, God stepped in with judgment. Upon being judged, found guilty and condemned, Satan objected and accused God of not being a just God, of violating His essence, His love, His fairness, His omniscience, etc. As Satan stood condemned, all the angels stood condemned, but condemnation only sets up the divine provision of reconciliation. God offered to the angels a way for their sin to be forgiven in which His divine attributes would in no way be compromised. We only have one vague reference to angelic salvation in the Scripture, Heb 2:2-4, For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. This verse tell us that there is some kind of parallel being drawn between angelic salvation and human salvation.

We can see in the initial fall of man, the subsequent attempt at deception by Satan, and the subsequent salvation offered by God a possible parallel to angelic salvation. Satan fell due to his own initiative and then deceived other angels. In the same way Satan as the serpent deceived the woman (Gen 3:5). Adam, however, fell without deception; he chose to disobey God just as Satan did. At the fall then we have one who disobeyed out of his own initiative and one who was deceived.
This pattern reflects what may have happened in the angelic realm. Satan disobeyed by his own initiative and the other angels were deceived.

There are also additional evidences that these things are true:

1) The Ark of the Covenant illustrates that angels benefit from the work of Christ.

2) The Veil of Exodus 26:31-35 in the Temple was a reminder of the humanity of Christ. Part of it was made of fine white linen which looks at experiential +R [God’s Righteousness]. This veil was to be made with cherubim on it. The curtain speaks of Christ and His work and the angels were on the curtain themselves, Exo 26:31, And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.

3) The linen curtains of Exodus 26:1-6 were also of the same color scheme as the veil and looked ahead to the person and work of Christ in salvation. These also had angels embroidered on them. The angels partake of Christ’s place of origin, heaven, and of his royalty, in the presence of God. They partake of His work in salvation, which is represented by the scarlet color.

4) Angels also are often pictured as wearing white garments. In Mark 16:5, the two angels at the tomb are said to be in white garments, And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. In Revelation 19:8 the church, the bride of Christ, is also clothed in white linen garments. This white garment represents the righteousness of God that He imputed to us and therefore represents the same for the angels who accepted angelic salvation.

SUMMARY:

1) Satan counterfeited salvation to Adam and the Woman prior to God’s offer of salvation to them which would indicate a prior knowledge of salvation.

2) Any position regarding what happened in the fall of angels, their salvation, etc, is an argument from silence and with that, the only value of one argument over another is its consistency with the character of God and the parallel to other known events.

3) God is a God of mercy and the greatest expression of mercy is to offer peace or reconciliation to one’s enemies.

4) God is absolutely just and fair and could not have offered salvation to man and not offered it to another creation, angels, who had also fallen.

5) Only Christ is forever holy and pure and blameless. For another creature to have these characteristics inherent in them and maintained in them by freewill would have meant that they could have died for the sins of creation. Therefore, no angel was qualified to go to the Cross.

6) Angels are very much a part of the tabernacle, the ark, the veil, the curtains which all look ahead to Christ and His salvation work.

7) Hebrews 2:9-10 indicate that Christ would taste death for all creation, But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone [pas-all] For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

8) The garments of angels are the same garments given to saved mankind in eternity.

9) In 1Ti 5:21 angels are called chosen or elect which would indicate that there was a time when they were not chosen and not elect.

10) Col 1:20 indicates that Christ reconciled all things to Himself, things on earth and things in heaven, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Therefore, the angelic conflict refers to the two trials of Satan and the fallen angels, one in pre-historic times, the other during human history. In our subject, the trial phase begins with the fall of man in the garden and continues until the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union. Mankind was created and human history began in order to duplicate the conditions of the pre-historic angelic conflict. This provided both evidence and precedence for Satan’s appeal trial during human history. The fall of man in the garden of Eden actually duplicates the fall of Satan in the garden of God. Both falls occurred during perfect environment.

The trial phase in the court of appeals is essentially Old Testament history. It began in Gen 3. God created man as a rational creature lower than angels, duplicating on a reduced scale, the conditions of the pre-historic angelic conflict. Man was given the opportunity to choose for or against God with one command from God, only one thing was forbidden. God entered His evidence by creating man just as the angels were created: innocent (or perfect) with the potential to love and worship God through right decisions and the potential to become imperfect by wrong decisions. Human history provides similar circumstances and options which belonged to angelic history before man’s creation. For example, Satan had been created in perfect innocence; Adam was created in perfect innocence. The angels have free will; man has free will. Adam freely and deliberately chose to follow the pattern of arrogance which characterized Satan’s original revolution, Isa 14:12-14. So the fall of Adam duplicates the fall of Satan.

In angelic history, God had provided a decision making process by which angels could express non-meritorious positive volition. Likewise, God provided salvation for all mankind so that man can express non-meritorious positive volition through faith in Christ (Jn 3:16). Here is another similarity: through the exercise of their free will, angelic creatures are divided into two categories: elect and fallen angels (Rev 12:7, 1Ti 5:21, Matt 25:41, Mark 8:38). Through the exercise of their free will mankind is divided into two categories, believers and unbelievers (Jn 3:36). Human history is not only coterminous with the appeal trial of Satan and his fallen angels, but human history is the actual courtroom for that trial, and mankind was created to be a part of that trial.


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Internet Church Service – December 16, 2018; Sermon: Commandment #7, Satan does not want us to enter the Promise Land and has giants in the land to stop us.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Commandment #7, Satan does not want us to enter the Promise Land and has giants in the land to stop us.



Commandment #7 = the relationship that idolatry and the influence of the demonism with the Phallic Cult and sexual sins have upon the believer.

We all have some type of “giant” or “giants” that we have to deal with such as the giant of fear; worry, doubt, guilt, condemnation, moral and immoral degeneracy, etc.

This requires or demands in us to be “Giant Killers.” who can say as the apostle Paul said in 1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith;

2Ti 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

All of the giants like unbelief, fear, doubt, and worry, etc. are designed to take our eyes off TLJC and on the details of life.

The Devil does not want us to enter the “Promise Land” and has set hostile giants throughout the land to prevent us from taking the inheritance that God has given us.

It is these hostile giants that the word of God teaches us to overcome, 1JO 5:4.

1Jo5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith.

Crossing of the Red Sea = a picture of Christ’s death for you and me — when he cuts us off from Egypt or the world in all its attitudes, ways, and opinions.

Theophany – a manifestation of TLJC in the Old Testament, (e.g. He appeared as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, as well as appearing as an angel or a man.

This is a manifestation of the presence of God going before and after the Israeli military.

It is “between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel” which refers to the camp of Satan and the camp of the Lord.

The Lord separated them from the Egyptians as He does with us, He separates us from our very own spiritual Egypt or the cosmic system.

Matt 10:34-38 – certain loved ones or friends become involved in the cosmic system and Satan uses them to distract the “Giant Killers” from fulfilling God’s plan.

You have the alternatives to follow them or take up your cross (even mental separation) and follow the Lord.

The believer can maintain his correct priorities by mental preparation and separation, switching from personal love to impersonal love.

Physical separation is sometimes needed to maintain one’s priorities and to use one’s volition to remain inside the PPOG.

Prov 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools shall become corrupted.

2Ti 3:5 “They [believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system] hold to external forms of godliness, but have renounced the power of that same godliness; you also be turning yourself away from these men.”

In Rom 16:17-18 “turn away from them” is physical separation from troublemakers.

Rom16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

Separation is necessary because of the INFLUENCE OF the cosmic system.- Rom 12:1-3.

Paul is literally saying, “Take your everyday, ordinary life your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life and place it before God as an offering.

What is the first thing God did, create us or bless us?

The first thing God did was to grace us out with divine blessing and then He elected or chose us to be “in Christ.”

Prin-Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.

Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

You’ll be changed from the inside out — where it really counts.

Recognize what the Lord wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you.

The apostle Paul says “Living as every one of you does, in pure grace, is important so that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this glory to God.

The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him.

“If you fail in the matter of separation, you will think about self in terms of arrogance” Rom 12:3.

Separation is thinking about yourself in relation to others apart from arrogance.

The first prerequisite for proper separation is a good sense of humor.

By switching from personal love to impersonal love you get away from your illusions about people you have loved.

Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.

Practically everything that goes on in the world or the Cosmos, wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important has nothing to do with the Father.

The world (Cosmic system) and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.

Ecc 3:11 The Lord has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set the desire for eternity or eternal things in their heart.

Separation from unbelievers inside the cosmic system is taught in 2Co 6:14-17.

Amos 3:3 “Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment with each other or agree with each other?”

Those who have NVTD, reject spiritual authority, refuse the Lord’s supper, and do not the gathering together with the Royal Family of God.

God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.

Leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for Myself.”

Separation is important in social life, Jer 15;16-17; 1Pe 4:3-4.

There comes a time when the believer grows spiritually, and his first function is to separate from the crowd that use to lead him in the wrong direction.

The crossing of the Red Sea is a picture of Christ’s death for us when He cuts us off from Egypt or the world and in all its attitudes, ways, and opinions.

Your spiritual baptism (identification with TLJC) was an expression of the fact that you were passing out of one life (old sea) into another, and that your whole attitude was changed.

That was the Red Sea — a type of His death for you.

Crossing the Jordan River is a picture of your death with Christ, when you bring your Adamic life to an end; when all that you are in Adam comes to an end.

However, your reliance on yourself, your desire to have your own programs to follow, or to live and make your own decisions is dealt with by TLJC.

Jer 13:23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil.

Eph 4:22, 24 You lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and you have put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

You live and move and have your being in 2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;

Gal 6:15 “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”

Ask God to defeat these giants and build His heavenly attributes in our hearts and He will says James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask.”

2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

Issue = “What is preventing you from taking the promises of Word and appropriating them in your life?”

With the powerful weapons of spiritual warfare, the Lord will tear down the strongholds and fortresses of these giants.

Victory is supposed to be the norm and standard in Christianity.

The promises are suppose to be the way of life for Christians.

Can you name some of the giant killers mentioned in the Bible, chances are that all of you would point to David (who killed Goliath the giant; 1Sa 17).

The Israelites under the leadership of Moses and later Joshua (who killed the kings Sihon and Og; Deut 3:11, Num 21:21-35, Jos 2:10) and Caleb (who killed the gigantic descendants of Anak that lived on a mountain; Jos 14.

Moses-Joshua = who killed the kings and giants in Sihon and Og; Deut 3:11, “For only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant and it is referring to the giants in the land known as the Rephaim.”

He was approximately 12 feet tall and if the weight correlates with the size of the other giants, he would be about 450 pounds.

There is a good chance that Church history may record your name as a giant killer.

Speaking of their victories over the giants in the land, Jos 2:10.

Gen 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Moses, Joshua, Caleb and David, as well as members of David’s family, just to mention a few, all had on their eternal resume’ the fact that they were giant killers.

They will be rewarded as giant killers says 1Co 3:11-15; 2Co 5:10.

Caleb killed the gigantic descendants of Anak that lived on a mountain; Jos 14.

It is unlikely that one of the names in that list would be of man known as Elhanan.

Elhanan is mentioned once in the Bible (in two verses) and what makes him stand out is that in his introduction he is identified as the killer of Lahmi, a giant, who was the brother of the giant Goliath.

Elhanan carried weapons and a spear very similar to that of Goliath (1Ch 20:5; 2Sa 21:19).

1Ch 20:5 And there was war with the Philistines again, and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.

2Sa 21:19 And there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.

Goliath the Philistine or Goliath from Gath is the name of the giant that David killed, Goliath the Gittite is one of the giants that one of David’s relatives killed.

It is not how much is known OF us, but what is known of us that matters.

Sometimes our feats and accomplishments, though it may be similar in magnitude, may not be very well known by others as that of some others.

We must be diligent in our duties to do what is required of us.

Elhanan is recorded as a giant slayer and will forever hold that accolade, irrespective of the extent of how much people known of him.

Every time someone talks of Elhanan, he will be known as a giant killer, placed in the same echelon of David, Moses & Joshua and Caleb.

Whatever the giant is that we face, we must be willing to acknowledge its existence in order to overcome it.

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Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Weekly Bible Study – December 10, 2018; Study: Knowing the Lord is achieved by knowing the doctrine of the Essence of God or the doctrine of Divine attributes.


Knowing the Lord is achieved by knowing the doctrine of the Essence of God or the doctrine of Divine attributes.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Knowing the Lord is achieved by knowing the doctrine of the Essence of God or the doctrine of Divine attributes.


Knowing the Lord is achieved by knowing the doctrine of the Essence of God or the doctrine of Divine attributes.

One of the most important principles of doctrine when it comes to Knowing the Lord is the doctrine of the Essence of God or the Doctrine of Divine attributes as they relate to principle of knowing who God is and knowing what God has done.

Knowing the Lord is achieved by knowing the doctrine of the Essence of God or the doctrine of Divine attributes. For as the apostle Paul stated as they relate to principle of knowing who God is and knowing what He has done.

In our corrected translation of Phil 3:7-21, But whatever quality of things were gains to me, those things [gains] I have concluded as an expert as loss for the sake of Christ. Not only this but more than this, I conclude as an expert all things [Paul’s pre-salvation human celebrityship and achievement] to be loss [singular].

Why?

Because of the surpassing greatness of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited all things, also, I keep on concluding as an expert them to be piles of dung in order that I may win for Christ, and that I may be found in Him, not having my own righteousness derived from the source of the Law, that [righteousness] which is acquired by means of faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from the source of the God at the point of faith, that I may come to know Him, and the power of [behind] His resurrection and the participation of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; if, in some way, I may attain to the resurrection life away from the dead ones spiritually speaking.

Not that I have already obtained it [the resurrection life or the ultra supergrace status], or have already reached the objective, I continue pressing on that I may attain that [or overtake that, or gain that, arrive at the objective] on account of which I was overtaken by Christ Jesus. Brethren [members of the Royal Family of God], I evaluate myself as not yet having attained the objective [ultra-supergrace or the ultimate objective in time, living in resurrection life]; one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead, I keep on pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God [Father], by means of Christ Jesus. Therefore, as many as are spiritually mature, let us have this attitude, in fact, if in anything you have a different attitude, the God will also reveal that to you. However, the status to which we have attained [that is the spiritual growth from our discipline toward perception, metabolization and application of doctrine] let us keep marching or advancing in. Brethren [members of the royal family], be co-imitators of me, and be having respect for the same ones, who constantly walk according to the pattern you have in us.

For many keep walking, concerning whom I have warned you many times, and now continue to affirm, even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose termination is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose time of glory will be a momentary time of shame, who keep thinking about earthly things.

For our citizenship [politeuma, or heavenly privilege] exists in heaven, from which place we eagerly anticipate the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble station into conformity with the body of His glory, from which operational power that He and only He keeps on being able even to bring under authority all things to Himself.

Now this is a fantastic passage that has many of the doctrines we have studied concerning the Supreme Court of Heaven (SCOH).

We need to note the attributes of God. It is one thing to accept all these divine attributes as truth but it is another thing to act upon it. It is the permanence of God’s character that guarantees the fulfillment of all His promises. Therefore, let’s look at this principle of doctrine.

First, what are the attributes of the Lord? The attributes or the essence of God, God is:

1. Just
2. Righteous
3. Love
4. Immutability
5. Eternity

The attributes or the essence of God is also:

6. Omniscience
7. Omnipotence
8. Omnipresent
9. Veracity
10. Sovereignty

Think with me for a moment, how do these divine attributes all work together within the believer or for the believer.

God is just and as the Supreme Court Judge always makes decisions based upon His Justice or Him being just.

God is also perfect Righteous (+R) and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His righteousness or Him being right.

God is Love and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His Love because His righteousness and justice have been satisfied.

God is immutable, He does not change and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His faithfulness always being there.

God is Eternal and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His eternal purpose and destiny.

God has omniscience and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His knowledge of what is best for us.

God is omnipotence and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon His power and ability to accomplish all that He wills and desires.

God is omnipresent and as the Supreme Court Judge He is always abiding in you and is with you.

God is also truth or veracity and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon truth and no lies.

God is also Sovereign and as the Supreme Court Judge He always makes decisions based upon “what He wills” or “His perfect will.

Just think of the different “omni’s” the Lord uses to fulfill His plan. His omniscience knows everything about you. His omnipotence has the power to do all things. His omnipresence is always within you.

Isa 54:4-10 has an application to us though it was said to the Jews, think how more applicable it is to the Church.

Isa 54:1-10, “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. [this means that more Gentiles will be saved than Jews….only because of the majority are Gentiles].

Enlarge the place of your tent [expand your horizons]; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings [prosperity in the home], spare not; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your pegs. [this is really promoting the dominion of ma over the creation].

For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left [you’ll have tremendous capacity] And your descendants will possess nations, And they will resettle the desolate cities [this is the promise of the Lord to all the gentiles or believers concerning their future].

Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; Neither feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

For your husband is your Maker [the spiritual relationship that the Lord had with His people the Jews in the Old Testament], Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. For the Lord has called you, Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,” Says your God.

For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you. In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,” Says the Lord your Redeemer.

For this is like the days of Noah to Me; When I swore that the waters of Noah Should not flood the earth again, So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,

Nor will I rebuke you. For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”

Says the Lord who has compassion on you. The mountains may be removed and the hills may shake but His grace and truth will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.

In 1Pe 4:19 to those who are going through some measure of suffering the apostle Peter says to entrust your soul to the “faithful Creator” who will always do what is right!

Now, as noted this past week, not only does God reveal Himself by blessing and protecting His people, but God is also faithful in disciplining His people.

Heb 12:6-11, For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?

For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

He is faithful in what He withholds just like He is faithful in what He gives. He is faithful in sending sorrow as well as in giving joy. And therefore the faithfulness of God is a truth to be acknowledged by us, not only when we are at ease but when we are in trouble.

To agree with this means that we humble ourselves before Him and owe up to the fact that we fully deserve His correction and instead of any murmuring or complaining, we thank Him for it.

So, God is not only faithful in stopping affliction but in sending it as well.

Psa 89:33, Even if they sin and rebel I will not deal falsely in my faithfulness.

Hos 5:15, I will go away and return to My place UNTIL they acknowledge their guilt and (until they) seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

Remember what the Psalmist said in Psa 119. He had to rely on the SCOH as he was facing annihilation. Here is a man who is imprisoned but he learned that the word of God was his comfort in times of stress and pressure; Psa 119:50, This is my comfort in my affliction, That Thy word has revived me.

What does God promise to the believers who persevere?

Psa 119:65, Thou hast dealt well with Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word.

Because of this we can conclude that the same principles of equality that exist between the Trinity when it comes to His knowledge, His power or His presence also exists in their being faithful.

God the Father is said to be faithful in James 1:17, Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb 13:8).

God the Holy Spirit is faithful to indwell us and teach us (John 14:26-28).

Understanding these principles will preserve us from worry. To be worried and concerned is to reject the nature of God and His divine attributes and become a loser believer. God doesn’t change and therefore He who has cared for His child through all the years, will not forsake him in old age.

Heb 4:16, Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.


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Internet Church Service – December 9, 2018; Sermon: Commandment #7, The Promise Land is where God has called us to live as Christians and where God wants our hearts to be.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Commandmernt #7, The Promise Land is where God has called us to live as Christians and where God wants our hearts to be.


We are now noting commandment #7 as well as the relationship of idolatry and the influence of the demonism with the Phallic Cult and sexual sins.

We all have some type of “giant” or “giants” that we have to deal with such as the main one, the giant of fear; also there are the giants of worry, doubt, guilt, condemnation, moral and immoral degeneracy.

Using the principle of typology we have
Exo 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

Deut 1:30, “The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf [the incoming giants], just as He did for you in Egypt [in the world] before your eyes,”

Here is the confidence of the giant killers; in Deut 3:22, “Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.”

Giant killers recognize that the Lord has already fought their battles; Deut 20:4, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Jos 23:3, “And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has been fighting for you.”

Jos 23:10, “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.”

Psa 35:1 (A Psalm of David.) Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me.

All of the giants like unbelief, fear, doubt, and worry, etc. are designed so that we do have faith in the promise for without faith we will forever remain in the desert of the world and the flesh.

Remember that one of the most important principles behind “giant killing” is Eph 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.

Now, before we go on in our study, we need to focus in on the relationship between the giants and the promises and doctrinal rationales God has provided.

There is a spiritual promise Land for each Christian where the believer lives and breathes the promises of God? (Acts 17:28).

The Promise Land is where God has called us to live as Christians and where God wants our hearts to be; Matt 6:22-25.

It is these hostile giants that the word of God teaches us to overcome, 1Jo5:4.

No amount of money or wealth can even compare to the riches of possessing even one promise, 2Pe 1:2-4.

When we have faith in the promises and patience to wait on the Lord and not become weary and faint in our minds, God will be well-pleased with us; Heb 11:6.

The promises never fail because they are based upon who God is Heb 6:18; Tit 1:2.

Is a giant going to rob you of your faith and defeat and your thought life from claiming and believing the promise land for your life.

Col 3:2, Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

The promises of God were NOT made to just be in your Bible on a dusty shelve, the promises of God must be taken aggressively and held unto and believed with a firm conviction and an undying hope.

Our God has promised and He cannot lie and therefore His promises must be alive in our heart and become engrafted to our very own soul.

The promises (epaggelma) refers to a declaration to do something with implication of obligation to carry out what is stated.

This word implies an emphatic public announcement.

It means that the promise is only as good as the One who made it.

God is publicly announcing to the world that He is faithful to His promises and He will emphatically carry out His Word.

God cries out “Prove Me now if I am not faithful.” Our confession should be, Watch what my God will do!

Unfortunately, Christian expectation in the average church follows the church programs, not the promises.

What we all need today is a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God.

We must declare war on the mood of apathy or indifference that many usually fall into and use the promises and doctrines from the Lord to handle the giants in life.

You have rights as a part of your inheritance as a child of God, which God has decreed with all the authority of His Word as the promises of God are firmly rooted in God’s love, pleasure, purpose, and declaration for you.

You have a legal right to eternal life and a home in Heaven.

You have a legal right to victory over the devil and his authority on the earth.

You have a legal right to freedom from the bondage of sin and all its consequences.

You have a legal right of deliverance from fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt.

You have a legal right to the Father’s protection and care.

You have a legal right to use the name of Jesus Christ in prayer, invoking its authority and power.

You have a legal right to be more than a conqueror in any situation.

You have a legal right to overflowing joy in all of life’s circumstances.

You have a legal right to the peace of God ruling in your heart, no matter how intense the problem or trouble.

You have a legal right to the wisdom of God. You have a legal right to confidence and boldness.

You have the legal right to have all of your needs met according to God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

You have a legal right to do all things and be ready and equal to anything through Christ who strengthens you.

You have a legal right to salvation and wholeness in every area of your life.

You have a legal right to perfect health and deliverance from all forms of sickness and disease.

You have a legal right to prosperity and overflowing abundance in your life.

You have a legal right to be completely free from every form of depression, condemnation, guilt, misery, despair, and any other type of mental bondage.

You have a legal right to live and walk in the revolutionary and life changing love of God that proceeds from the heart of God.

You have a legal right to be changed at the return of Christ and receive a new body unlimited in scope and dimension.

You have a legal right to all the blessings of your inheritance in the family of God.

You have a legal right to the goodness of God abounding in every area of your life.
He says they were superhuman and abnormal beings and their destruction in Noah’s time was necessary for the preservation of the human race.

Some of the giants were legends in the world like Anak and very well-known among the nations and were considered unconquerable.

Now, as most of you may already know, the crossing of the Red Sea is a picture of Christ’s death for you and me — when he cuts us off from Egypt or the world in all its attitudes, ways, and opinions.

Your spiritual baptism was an expression of the fact that you were passing out of one life into another, and that your whole attitude was changed.

But crossing the Jordan River is a picture of your death with Christ, when you bring your Adamic life to an end; when all that you are in Adam comes to an end — your reliance on yourself, your desire to have your own program, to live and make your own decisions.

2Co 2:14, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

The issue now is what is preventing you from taking the promises of Word and appropriating them in your life?

2Co 2:14, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
Under the leadership of Moses and later Joshua who killed the kings Sihon and Og; Deut 3:11, Deut 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant and it is referring to the giants in the land known as the Rephaim.

He was approximately 12 feet tall and if the weight correlates with the size of the other giants, he would be about 450 pounds.

But that’s not what I want you to be occupied with, I’d rather have you occupied with the fact that there is a good chance that Church history may record your name as a giant killer.

Jos 2:10, “For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.”

Gen 6:4, The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

The point is that Moses, Joshua, Caleb and David, as well as members of David’s family, just to mention a few all had on their eternal resume the fact that they were giant killers.

And they will be rewarded as giant killers says 1Co 3:11-15; 2Co 5:10.

Caleb killed the gigantic descendants of Anak that lived on a mountain; Jos 14.

It is unlikely that one of the names in that list would be of man known as Elhanan.

Elhanan is mentioned once in the Bible (in two verses) and what makes him stand out is that in his introduction (in both verses), he is identified as the killer of Lahmi, a giant, who was the brother of the giant Goliath.

Elhanan carried weapons and a spear very similar to that of Goliath (1Ch 20:5; 2Sa 21:19).

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Weekly Bible Study – December 3, 2018; Study: How the believer should give things over to the Supreme of Heaven.


How the believer should give things over to the Supreme of Heaven.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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How the believer should give things over to the Supreme of Heaven.


We are now ready to study the main doctrine that is referred to in our ninth commandment which is “You shall not bear false witness,” that is the Doctrine of the Supreme of Court of Heaven. This really addresses how the believer should give things over to the Supreme of Heaven.

Point 1 is an Introduction. The supreme court of heaven is composed of the three persons of the Godhead–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Even though they are three persons in the godhead, they have the same divine essence, that is they are equal to one another and therefore, we call that the divine essence the Trinity.

The doctrine of the Trinity recognizes God as being one in essence, but three distinct persons who possess equal, perfect, eternal and infinite identical essence.

Therefore, even though the word Trinity is not found in the Bible, we use the word trinity to describe three persons in one Godhead. There is only one divine nature or being and that is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

So, this divine being is tripersonal, involving distinctions between the Father, Son, and Spirit, all of whom live within the believer. These three persons are joint partakers of exactly the same nature and majesty of God.

Distinctions are made between the members of the Trinity, as described in 2Co 13:14, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God [the Father], and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

So, the word “trinity” was first used by Tertullian in the second century to designate a Biblical doctrine concerning the purpose of the indwelling of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Under this principle, the plural pronoun for God, which is Elohim, is used to designate such passages as Gen 1:26, 3:22.

Gen 1:24-26, Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Gen 3:22, Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”.

We are also taught this principle of the word “us” as in Isa 6:8, Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Since we are in the book of Gen, look at Gen 11:1-7, Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

In John 17:21, in our Lord’s prayer, He prays that we may all be one; even as Thou, Father, {art} in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.

We also have passages like Psa 110:1, “The Lord [God the Father] said to my [David’s] Lord [God the Son].”

The distinction is also delineated in Psa 2:7, “I will announce the decree of the Lord [God the Father]. He said to Me [God the Son], You are My Son [deity of Jesus Christ].

This day [day of incarnation] I have begotten You.” = quoted three times in the New Testament, in Acts 13:33, Heb 1:5, and Heb 5:5.

Probably one of the best passages on the word Trinity is found in Isa 48:16 “Come near to Me; listen to this. From the first, I have not spoken in secret. From the time it took place, I was there.

And then I want you to look at the remainder of the verse which looks like this:

And now the Lord God [God the Father] has sent Me [God the Son], and His Spirit [God the Holy Spirit].”

And in Matt 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples [Bible students] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

This is a reference to the pre-Canon period of the Church-age in which water baptism was practiced to illustrate the baptism of the Holy Spirit by the use of ritual.

John 10:30, Jesus said to the crowd, “I and the Father are one and the same.”

He was referring to divine essence not the human nature of TLJC.

Now, the pertinent attributes of divine essence is related to the function of the supreme court of heaven and include the following:

1. Divine integrity or holiness, which is composed of God’s justice and righteousness. This means that God is always just and righteous in His dealings with mankind. As the Supreme Court Judge, God can never be unfair, unjust, or even play favoritism in any way.

For example, the Bible teaches that God is righteous or right in all that He allows and does; Deut 32:4, “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

The second pertinent attribute of divine essence related to the function of the Supreme Court of Heaven is:

1. Omniscience, which means that all of the three judges have known all of the facts of every case from eternity past. God is all knowing, God knows all things!

Now, it is also God’s intention that every believer come to understand that there are certain doctrinal situations in the Bible that God wants us to learn “in this life” or “in what we humans call time.” Also, remember, anything which God did not intend for us to know was not included in the canon of scripture.

Deut 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever.”

Certainly you will not understand the doctrinal content of the Bible all at once, for knowledge is built on knowledge; but, if you stay with it long enough it can be done.

Isaiah tells us why and how in Isa 28.

Isa 28:9, “To whom would He teach knowledge? And to whom would He interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast? For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there. Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,” And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen. So the word of the Lord to them will be, “Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,” That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive.

Remember, every book in the Bible was written by a human author who understood what he was recording.

2Pe 1:12-19, Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you may be able to call these things to mind. For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.

And here are the two passages: 2Pe 1:20-21, But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Rom 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”


The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.