WHAT MIGHT WE CONCLUDE FROM THIS?

The description used for Christians in the Bible is one we often equate with the word “disciple”.  Which word is based on root words meaning learner or one who has learned. However, “disciple” is never used again in the New Testament after Acts 21:6. Instead Christians are most often referred to as “believers” , which word derives from trust and faith.  Selah

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A CHRISTIAN’S “BOTTOM LINE”

O death, where is thy sting?

O grave, where is thy victory?

1 Cor. 15:55

KJV 

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GOSPELTICS?

Politics is as American as apple pie and is a right of first importance to our citizenship. However without some correct understanding that the Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, we tend to make government into an idol by attributing to it more importance  and power than it deserves. Government is not our source, God is. However what could be called “gospeltics” has become the art of combining our own political beliefs with Gospel truths in order to have the appearance that God approves, thus giving our opinions more importance and authority than they deserve. To keep the proper balance we should heed the Word in 2Tim.:3,4, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs, he wants to please his commanding officer.”

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ARE WE HEADED TO A NARCISSISTIC GOSPEL?

Narcissism is defined as “excessive admiration for or fascination with ones self”. Some have assumed that “loving ones neighbor as your self” implies a justifiable self love attitude and  self gratification with the expectation of receiving everything the Lord has for me in the way of material blessings, success and prosperity. This despite what the Bible says in Phil. 2:13 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves”, and Col. 3:12, “therefore as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  And in another place “you have not because you ask to spent it on your own selfish interests”.

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IS GOD A SEXIST?

Due to the many references and directives written about the different roles of men and women in the Bible the world would shout YES He is. But they completely overlook the fact that the Bible is His word to covenant  believers. From the beginning in Genesis following the fall of Adam and Eve plunging us all into their original sin God separated their roles to wit:

“Then He said to the woman, I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

“And to the man He said, Since you listened to you wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains by the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground.

It’s important to notice He says “return to the ground” because we Christians know we have eternal life with Christ afterwards. God, however has established that while we live on this earth we are to be governed by His revealed will.

Paul in 1 Tim. 2:11,13,14 basically refers to the different  original roles when he writes, ” Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. For God made Adam first and afterward He made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result, But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness and modesty.” Again this refers to women’s roles in the Church. In the world they can be anything from wrestlers to Presidents to corporate heads, maybe even combat soldiers. He adds in 1 Cor. 3,” But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, and the head of woman is man, and head of Christ is God”. And in Eph. 5:22 he says, “For wives, this means submit to your husbands (voluntarily), as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the Church, For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church, and gave His life for her. And Peter says something similar 1Pet 3:1,17 “in the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together.”

While it’s no wonder the world might consider God a sexist they over look this fact from Gal. 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, MALE AND FEMALE. For you are all one in Christ.”

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OOOPS! HOW MANY HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS?

“…how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.” ( James 2:1,9 NLT ) We are quick to understand “Love you enemies”,but slow to relinquish favoritism.

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ARE WE HENDERING THE RETURN OF CHRIST?

Perhaps we believers are, in view of Peter’s suggestions that when we see the signs so evident today, we should look for and hasten the coming day of the Lord. (2 Pet. 3:12a) Hasten? How? . . . By manifesting holy conduct, godliness, and peace, with spotless and blameless behavior.(2 Pet. 3:11,14)  Whoa . . .  better get started then, unless some theologian can wriggle us out of it, but I doubt it.

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IS IT TIME FOR A CHECK UP?

Sometimes in our casual Christianity we  tend to separate our behavior from our salvation, but Paul in 2  Cor. 13:5 pointedly begs to differ. Just like children that are expected to grow up, and put away childish things, we Christians are expected to constantly be in a state of maturing. So, when our bad sinful habits don’t diminish and our ungodly behavior continues our saved position is rightly called into question. “You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure. Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. TEST YOURSELVES. We pray that you will become mature.”  2 Cor. 12:21b, 13: 11b, NLT

 

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OUR PUBLIC CHRISTIAN INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS MATTER TO GOD

Most people just hate to “give in” when they know they’re right about an issue. Our self righteousness and even our pride provokes an answer. We can always excuse ourselves and justify our actions on that basis alone. But the Lord has another priority higher than our self interest and vindication. To see what He means try looking behind and deeper into 1 Cor. 6:7.  “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. WHY NOT RATHER BE WRONGED? WHY NOT RATHER BE CHEATED?”  Our impulse here is usually to evade our underlying motives for such actions and proceed to cling to our “rights” instead of His interests.

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Another divisive dispute within the Church

There are several well known Christian TV teachers now claiming that there is no such thing as a “rapture”. This is a tragic development that Satan is using to further divide the Church, or for these teachers  to pull believers away into their own audiences. If you are unsure about the biblical evidence that proves there will be a rapture of the ‘Church” please study the facts at;

http:www.thepropheticyears.com/reasons/rapture.htm

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