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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Are You? Accepting Your True Identity

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In Revise Us Again, I argued at length that the Christian life is becoming who you already are.

In Ephesians, Paul says two times to “speak the truth in love” to one another. In context, Paul is exhorting God’s people to remind one another of who they are in Christ . . . to remind one another about the new self into which they have been made . . . to remind one another of their true identity. Something that’s all too easy to forget.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, here’s a list of who you really are.  Marvel at the epic greatness of your Lord and what He has done for you.

Receive it, remember it, and walk in it . . .

You are complete in Christ who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).

You have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).

You are dead to sin (Romans 6:2).

You have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

You are free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

You are born of God, and the evil one does not touch you (1 John 5:18).

You are holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).

You have been given the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

You have the Greater One living in you and greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

You have received the gift of righteousness and reign in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

You have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus (Ephesians 1:17-18).

You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

You show forth the praises of God who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

You are God’s child, born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23; John 1:12).

You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

You are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You are alive to God (Romans 6:11).

You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

You have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).

You are beloved of God (1 John 4:10).

You are loved by the Father the same way Jesus is loved by the Father (John 17:23).

You have been redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13).

You have been justified from all things (Acts 13:39).

You are now God’s offspring (1 John 3:2).

You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).

You have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18).

You have been accepted by God in the Beloved Son (Ephesians 1:6).

You are kept by the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:8).

You are free in Christ (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1).

You are in Christ’s hands out of which no one can pluck you out (John 10:28).

You are in the Father’s hands out of which no one can pluck you out (John 10:29).

You are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11).

You are a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).

You are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).

You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

You are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

You are God’s elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).

You are forgiven of all sins and washed in the blood (Ephesians 1:7).

You have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).

You have put off the old man and have put on the new man (Colossians 3:9-10).

You are healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24).

You are raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).

You have overcome the world (1 John 5:4).

You are greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).

You are strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

You have Christ living inside of you (Galatians 2:20).

You are a holy one (Colossians 1:2).

You are one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17).

You are holy, unreprovable, and unblameable in His sight (Colossians 1:22).

You are a member of Christ’s holy body (1 Corinthians 12:27).

You have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3).

You are light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8).

You have been given all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

You have been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

You have been justified (just as if you had never sinned) (Romans 5:1).

You are a branch on the true Vine (John 15:1, 5).

You are born of God (1 John 5:18).

You have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).

You are free from condemnation and you cannot be charged or indicted (Romans 8:1, 32-34).

You have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-4).

You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).

You are at peace with God (Romans 5:1).

You have everlasting life (John 5:24).

You are kept by God’s power (1 Peter 1:5).

You are in Christ Jesus by God’s act (1 Corinthians 1:30).

You cannot be separated from God’s love in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

You are fit to partake of His inheritance (Colossians 1:12; Ephesians 1:14).

You are part of Christ’s bride that He cherishes, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh (Ephesians 5:29-32).

You are a king and priest unto God (Revelation 1:6).

You have been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

God will complete the good work that He started in you (Philippians 1:6).

God is for you even when others are against you (Romans 8:31).

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Christian Life is a Journey

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“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Do you sometimes feel as though you are not making any progress in your spiritual life?  The life of a Christian is a journey.  We have a supernatural, proficient guide and map in the Spirit-inspired Scriptures, but we face distinct temptations and trials.  We know we have been saved by faith in Christ and have heaven as our sure destination, but the intervening pilgrimage is unique.  We need God’s help.

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I do not know where you are on your personal journey.  Perhaps you are exhausted and spent.  Maybe you have recently experienced significant growth, or you may have settled on a comfortable plateau because of an uncertain future.  But I do know this: God wants you and me to enjoy and complete the journey.  He has pledged Himself to finish the good work He began in us at salvation and will keep us strong until the end.

As with the Philippians, God will help us grow in grace until He has completed His work in our lives.  The God who began a good work in us continues it throughout our lifetime and will finish it when we meet Him face to face.  God’s work for us began when Christ died on the cross in our place.  His work in us began when we first believed.  Now the Holy Spirit lives in us, enabling us to be more like Christ every day.

Great confidence gripped the apostle as he thought and prayed for the body of Christ.  Paul guaranteed the believers that God would consider them “blameless” when Christ returns (1 Corinthians 1:8-9).  This guarantee was not because of their great gifts or shining performance, but because of what Jesus Christ accomplished in them through His death and resurrection.  It was God’s work, not theirs, so Paul had no question about the outcome.  All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be considered blameless when Jesus returns (1 Thessalonians 3:13; Hebrews 9:28).  If you have faith in Christ, even if it is weak, you are and will be saved.  All believers are justified by God’s grace and stand before Him “blameless” (“free from accusation”).

If you are feeling discouraged, remember God won’t give up on you.  If you are feeling incomplete, unfinished, or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God’s promise and provision.  Don’t let your present condition rob you of the joy of knowing Christ or keep you from growing closer to Him.  God will most certainly continue on to completion the good work He began in us!

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ARE YOU TRULY SAVED FROM THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS?ARE YOU SURE YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY HIS BLOOD?ARE YOU SURE YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND IF YOU DIED TODAY THAT YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN AND LIVE WITH GOD FOREVER? ARE YOU SURE? WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THE TIME AND READ BELOW AND BE SURE OF YOUR FUTURE.GOD WANTS YOU TO BE SURE.

The Bible says;

” I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

Another question to consider is: Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, ” Why should I let you into My heaven?” What do you think you would say?

You may not know what you would say. But… You can know, becauseGod loves you and has a purpose for your life. The Bible Says;” For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

GOD”S PURPOSE IS THAT WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.* We receive eternal life as a free gift.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6: 23* We can live a full and meaningful life right now.” A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10* We will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven.” If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

ETERNAL LIFE GIVES MEANING TO LIFE. Yet… Our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

OUR NEED IS TO UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEM.* We are all sinners by nature and by choice.” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23* We cannot save ourselves.” not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:9* We deserve death.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23It is true that: God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said,” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”The good news is that God has provided for the forgiveness of our sins.

GOD’S PROVISION IS JESUS CHRIST* Jesus is God and became man.” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1″ The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 * Jesus died for us on the cross.” For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.” 1 Peter 3:18 * Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Romans 4:25″He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

That is good news, but the only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says;” But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12 The choice is ours. Thus…

OUR RESPONSE IS TO RECEIVE JESUS. It is as simple as A-B-C

A.ADMIT Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin toward God. The Bible says in Acts 3:19;” Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Repentence is not just feeling sorry for our sin. Acts 26:20″ Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.”

B. BELIEVE Believe. By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.” For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–” Ephesians 2:8.* Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus.” You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe–and they shudder.” James 2:19* Faith is trusting in Jesus

C. CONFESS Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9″ if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:* Does what you have been reading make sense to you?* Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?* Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now? The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

YOU NEED TO ASK THE LORD JESUS TO SAVE YOU.Read this prayer and see if it says what you want to say to God.

” God, I know that Jesus is Your Son, and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I am willing to turn from my sins and turn toward You, and through faith in His death and resurrection I ask to receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

Call on the Lord in repentance and faith, using these or similar words of your own, and if you sincerly prayed this prayer from your heart, Jesus will become your Savior and Lord. The Master of your life.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD As evidence of confessing Jesus as Lord, you will want to identify with Him. The New Testament way of identification is to confess Jesus publicly and to follow Him in baptism and church membership. The Bible says in Matthew 10:32-33;” Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.”” So those who accepted his message were baptized,” Acts 2:41″ Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4

YOUR ASSURANCE YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE Because…* God keeps His Promises. The Bible says in Ephesians 2: 8-9″ For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift– not from works, so that no one can boast.” * God heard your prayer. The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”* God recorded your commitment. Jesus says in Luke 10:20;” However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

GOD BLESS YOU AS A CHILD OF GOD
Praise The Lord ††† Amen!

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Together in Christ

 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

 This is a wonderful promise. Whether believers come together in church or a home Bible study or even just two together (like husband and wife) to fellowship around the name of the Lord Jesus, He is there also!

 The Scriptures often speak of our togetherness with Him and therefore with one another. When we followed Him in baptism, we were “planted together in the likeness of his death” (Romans 6:5). Similarly, when He rose from the dead, God “hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-6). One day, we are told, “if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17).

 In our Christian walk right now, we are being “fitly framed together” as a “holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22). We ought, therefore, to be “knit together in love” (Colossians 2:2), “perfectly joined together in the same mind” (1 Corinthians 1:10), and “striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

 Then one day, when Christ returns and the dead in Christ are raised, “we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

 So, when we are together with Him, through the indwelling Spirit of Christ, whether in a congregation of thousands, or just together with one or two Christian companions, we rejoice in His presence, for He is our mighty Creator, our loving Savior, our caring Comforter, our unerring Guide, and our soon-coming King.

by Henry Morris, Ph.D.

HMM July 20, 2012

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With Christ

July 23, 2012

 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)

 One of the greatest doctrines of the Christian faith is the identification of Christ with His people in all the key events of His great work of salvation. For example, we are considered by God as dying with Him since He died for us. As Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20).

 Furthermore, when Christ was buried, we were in effect buried also. “We are buried with him by baptism into death” (Romans 6:4). Then we are also resurrected with Christ. “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

 But that is only the beginning of our great salvation. Christ then ascended to heaven, sat down on the right hand of the Father, and we are there with Him! “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. . . . And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6).

 Not even is this the end, for we are joint-heirs with Christ, as our text assures us. He has been “appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2), and we share His inheritance. “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12).

 Identified with Christ in His suffering, His death, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension, and then in His eternal reign! This is our position by faith. When He returns, it will become actuality, “and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

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Celebrate International Children’s Day with Inspirational Bible Verses For Children


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You can’t be with your kids 24/7. God can. Help them memorize inspirational Bible verses for children, and they will carry God’s Word wherever they go.

We all want our children to form good habits, such as brushing their teeth, being polite, and doing their homework. But memorizing inspirational Bible verses should become a good habit, too. Teaching your kids this discipline is one of the greatest gifts you could give them.

Habits are powerful. The earlier you establish them, the better they’ll stick. For example, your mom probably taught you to brush your teeth when you were a young child. Once you’re an adult, how often do you forget to brush your teeth? It’s just part of your routine, isn’t it?

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6; NKJV).

Scriptures for Children: Easy-To-Read Version, for NKJV click here

“My son, listen to your father when he corrects you. And don’t ignore what your mother teaches you.” Proverbs 1:8

“A foolish person refuses to listen to his father’s advice. But a wise person listens closely when people try to teach him.” Proverbs 15:5

“A wise son brings happiness to his father. But a foolish person brings shame to his mother.” Proverbs 15:20

“Children, obey your parents in all things. This pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people that are like these children.’” Matthew 19:14

“Jesus said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people that are like these little children.’” Mark 10:14b

“You are young, but don’t let any person treat you like you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live. Show them with the things you say, with the way you live, with your love, with your faith, and with your pure life.” 1 Timothy 4:12

“Be careful. Continue strong in the faith. Have courage and be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

“My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of troubles. But when these things happen, you should be very happy. Why? Because you know that these things are testing your faith. And this will give you patience.” James 1:2-3

“In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work like you are working for the Lord, not for people.” Colossians 3:23

“Your heart will be where your treasure is.” Luke 12:34

“We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest {of eternal life} at the right time. We must not give up!” Galatians 6:9

“Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32

“But the Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that can say these things are wrong.” Galatians 5:22-23

“But Christ died for us while we were still sinners. In that way God showed us that he loves us very much.” Romans 5:8

“I mean that you are saved by grace. And you got that grace by believing. You did not save yourselves. It was a gift from God. No! You are not saved by the things you have done. So no person can boast {that he saved himself}.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“But the Lord is faithful. He will give you strength and protect you from the Evil One (the devil).” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“My God is very rich with the glory of Christ Jesus. God will use his riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.” Philippians 4:19

“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that every person that believes in him would not be lost, but have life forever.” John 3:16

“Jesus answered him, ‘It is written {in the Scriptures}, “It is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what God says.”’” Matthew 4:4

“You have never asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive. And you will be truly happy.” John 16:24

“Don’t worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. That peace which God gives is so great that we cannot understand it.” Philippians 4:6-7

“But the Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses–{you will tell people about me}. First, you will tell people in Jerusalem. Then you will tell people in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:8

“All people have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory.” Romans 3:23

“When people sin, they earn what sin pays–death. But God gives his people a free gift–life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“Every person must die once. After a person dies, he is judged.” Hebrews 9:27

“I tell you the truth. If a person hears what I say and believes in the One (God) who sent me, that person has life forever. That person will not be judged guilty. He has already left death and has entered into life.” John 5:24

“Some people did accept him. They believed in him. He gave something to those people who believed. He gave them the right to become children of God.” John 1:12

“I write this letter to you people who believe in the Son of God. I write so that you will know that you have eternal life now.” 1 John 5:13

“But if any of you needs wisdom, then you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people. So God will give you wisdom.” James 1:5

“Trust the Lord completely! Don’t depend on your own knowledge. Think about God in all that you do. Then he will help you.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

“He must become more and more important. And I must become less important.” John 3:30

“Christ died for all people so that the people who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that those people would live for him.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

“You should know that your body is a temple (house) for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You don’t own yourselves.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“But the Helper will teach you everything. The Helper will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.” John 14:26

“The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. That time is now here. And those are the kind of people the Father wants to be his worshipers.” John 4:23 “The Lord is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children. God knows all about us. God knows we are made from dust.” Psalm 103:13-14 “Keep your lives free from the love of money. And be satisfied with the things you have. God has said, ‘I will never leave you; I will never run away from you.’” Hebrews 13:5 “Lord, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to people who trust you.” Isaiah 26:3 “There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am.” John 14:2-3 “He even let his own Son suffer for us. God gave his Son for us all. So with Jesus now, God will surely give us all things.” Romans 8:32 “Give to other people, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands–more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to other people is the way God will give to you.” Luke 6:38 “God heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. God counts the stars and knows the name of each and every one. Our Master is very great. He is very powerful. There is no limit to the things he knows.” Psalm 147:3-5 “Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. Yes, the work that I ask you to accept is easy. The burden I give you to carry is not heavy.” Matthew 11:28-30 “But the Lord said to me, ‘My grace (kindness) is enough for you. When you are weak, then my power is made perfect in you.’ So I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “People who think they are better than other people only cause trouble. But people who listen to the things other people tell them are wise.” Proverbs 13:10 “When you do things, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honor to other people than to yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of other people, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 “But people that trust the Lord become strong again like eagles that grow new feathers. These people run without becoming weak. These people walk without becoming tired.” Isaiah 40:31 “When you talk, don’t say any bad things. But say things that people need–things that will help other people become stronger. Then the things you say will help the people who listen to you.” Ephesians 4:29 “My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Don’t become angry easily. A person’s anger does not help him live right like God wants.” James 1:19-20 “Without faith, a person cannot please God. Any person who comes to God must believe that God is real. And any person who comes to God must believe that God rewards those people who truly want to find him.” Hebrews 11:6 “Jesus continued to say to all of them, ‘If any person wants to follow me, he must say “No” to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross (suffering) that is given to him every day, and he must follow me.’” Luke 9:23 “That goodness will bring peace and safety forever.” Isaiah 32:17 “God satisfies the thirsty soul. God fills the hungry soul with good things.” Psalm 107:9 “Always remember these commands that I give you today. Be sure to teach them to your children. Talk about these commands when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road. Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “Don’t be fooled: You cannot cheat God. A person harvests only the things he plants.” Galatians 6:7 “I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 “Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants. That is the right thing to do. The command says, ‘You must honor (respect) your father and mother.’ That is the first command that has a promise with it. That promise is: ‘Then everything will be fine with you. And you will have a long life on the earth.’” Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from a mother’s body.” Psalm 127:3 “I tell you the truth. You must accept the kingdom of God like a little child accepts things, or you will never enter it.” Mark 10:15 “If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. And if a person accepts me, then that person is also accepting the One (God) that sent me.” Mark 9:37

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Great Truths About the Church

Submitted by William MacDonaldon Tue, 02/08/2005 – 06:00

THERE IS ONE BODY

According to Ephesians 4:4 there is only one Church. In spite of all the circumstances

that seem to deny it, the fact remains that as far as God is concerned, there is only

one body of believers on the earth today. Although this Church is never visible to

man in its entirety, yet it is formed into a common body by the Holy Spirit.

CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY

By using the analogy of the human body (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18), Paul

teaches us that Christ as Head in heaven controls His body on earth. The head

speaks of authority, leadership, and the seat of the intellect. The head and the

body share the same life, interests and prospects. As the head is not complete

without the body, so, in a sense, Christ is not “complete” without His Church.

Thus we read in Ephesians 1:23 that the Church, as His body, “is the fulness of

Him that filleth all in all.” This is cause for deepest awe and worship in the believer.

ALL BELIEVERS ARE MEMBERS OF THE BODY

The moment a person is saved, he is added to the Church as a member of the

body (Acts 2:47). This membership transcends the bounds of race, color,

nationality, temperament, culture, social caste, language and denomination.

In his classic passage on the members of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

, Paul reminds us that there are many members in the body (vv. 12-14). Every

member has a function to perform (vv 15-17). However, not all members have

the same function (v. 19). The welfare of the body depends on all the members

working together (vv. 21-23). Because all the members of the body need each

other, there is no cause for envy or discontent, on the one hand (vv. 15-17); or

for pride and independence on the other (v. 21). Because all are members of

the one body, there should be mutual care, sympathy, and joy (vv. 23-26).

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCH

After He ascended into heaven, the Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be His

Representative on the earth (John 14:16,26). The Spirit’s activities in the

Church may be seen in part from the fact that He leads Christians in their

worship (Ephesians 2:18); He inspires their prayers (Romans 8:26, 27);

He empowers their preaching (1 Thessalonians 1:5); He guides them in their

activities, both positively (Acts 13:2), and negatively (Acts 16:6, 7); He raises up

overseers for the church (Acts 20:28); He bestows gifts for its growth and

effectiveness (Ephesians 4:11) and He guides believers into all truth (John 16:13).

THE CHURCH OF GOD IS HOLY

God is calling out of the nations a people for His name. He sets them apart to

Himself from the sinful world and calls upon them to respond with lives of

practical holiness (1 Corinthians 3:17). Only in this way can the Church faithfully

represent a holy God in this corrupt scene.

GIFTS ARE GIVEN FOR THE EDIFICATION OF THE CHURCH

It is the Lord’s will that the Church should grow both spiritually and numerically

. To that end the risen Christ gives gifts to the Church (Ephesians 4:11).

These gifts are men who are given special ability to build up the Church.

As listed in Ephesians 4:11, the gifts are apostles, prophets, evangelists,

pastors and teachers. (see note 1).

We believe that the apostles and prophets were concerned primarily with

the foundation of the Church (Ephesians 2:20). The need for these apostles

and New Testament prophets passed when the foundation was laid, and we

no longer have them, in the primary sense of the terms.(see note 2)

However, we still do have evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The evangelists

go out to the world with the Gospel, bring sinners to Christ, and then lead

them into the fellowship of the local church. Pastors take a shepherd-care

of the flock, nourishing the sheep, encouraging them, and guarding them

from evil. The teachers unfold the Word of God in an understandable way,

and present the doctrines of the Scriptures in a well-balanced manner. However,

the probability is that the “pastor-teacher” gift is one gift as the care of the flock

would include teaching the Word of God.

As these gifts minister, the Church grows and the saints are built up in their most

holy faith. Gifts are God’s provision for the expansion of the Church.

ALL BELIEVERS ARE PRIESTS OF GOD

A final truth which we will mention in connection with the Church is the priesthood

of all believers (1 Peter 2:5, 9). In the old Testament, only a certain group of men

were eligible for the priesthood – the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron

(Exodus 28:1). Today there is no special caste of priests, separate from their

fellows, with distinctive garb and peculiar privileges. All children of God are priests

of God with all the privileges and responsibilities that go with such a name.

THE COMPLETION AND DESTINY OF THE CHURCH

As has already been noted, the Church is now in the process of construction. Every

time a soul is saved, a living stone is added to the building. The edifice is rising silently

without sound of hammer. The Holy Spirit adds daily to the Church such as

should be saved (Acts 2:47).

One day soon, the work will be finished. The last stone will be added, and the Lord

Jesus will descend into the air. As if drawn by a divine magnet, the Church will rise

to meet the Savior, and together they both will return to the many mansions of the

Father’s house. And so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

It will be the Church’s blessed portion not only to be with Christ forever, but also to

share the glories which He won during His earthly career (John 17:22).

Throughout eternity the Church is destined to be an eternal witness to the glory of

God. “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in

His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

In the meantime, the Church is God’s masterpiece on the earth – an object lesson

to principalities and powers in heavenly places of the manifold wisdom of God. Every

believer should therefore be vitally interested in the Church, and his Christian service

should have the expansion and edification of the Church as one of its primary aims.

NOTES (1)

 

In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, another list of spiritual gifts is given: the word of wisdom,

the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy,

discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. There is

no necessary contradiction between the two lists. In Ephesians 4, the gifts are

personswhose whole career, apparently, is given over to evangelism, teaching, or

pastoral work,

In 1 Corinthians 12, the gifts are endowments or abilities which are not necessarily

limited

to certain individuals but which the Holy Spirit may give to any member of the Body

of Christ at any time He chooses. For instance, any Christian man may be Spirit-led

to give a “word of wisdom” or a “word of knowledge” and yet not be exactly a

teacher. Another may be able to point a soul to Christ and yet not be an evangelist.

Again in 1 Corinthians 12:28, Paul speaks of apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles,

gifts of healing, helps, governments, and diversities of tongues. The question

inevitably arises here as to whether we still have gifts of a miraculous nature today.

In Hebrews 2:4, it is stated that God used signs and wonders to authenticate the

early preaching of the Gospel. This was in days before the complete Word of

God wasavailable in written form. Many believe that with the coming of the

complete Bible, the

need for these miracles ceased. The Bible does not settle the matter decisively.

Whilewe believe that these miracle gifts are not with us today, generally

speaking, yet wecannot say that the sovereign Spirit is not at liberty to use

them still, especially on those mission fields where the Scriptures are not

extensively available. In any event, thosewho do profess to have these

miraculous gifts must be careful to use them in accordancewith the

instructionsof the Word (for example, the use of tongues is regulated in 1

Corinthians 14).

NOTES (2)

In a secondary sense, we doubtless still have apostles, if we simply mean

men sentforth by the Lord, In this lesser sense, we still have prophets also,

that is, men whocry out for God against sin and abuse But we utterly reject

the idea that there are men

today who have the same authority as was committed to the original

apostles or whocan speak by the same direct and inspired revelation as the

New Testament prophets.

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