Sunday, November 12, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  1  (2 of 8)
EXPLANATIONS AND CAUSES
Sometime during the near nineteen years before I gave my heart to the Lord, it had gotten into my spirit that God's people are perfect.  The understanding I had was that they did not sin.  The problem was, I never saw any who fit that description.  It wasn't until after I gave my heart to Him, and having Him teach me about this truth, that I received a more correct understanding of what perfection in the sight of God is, and finding "Christians" who don't know any more than I did, before I got saved. Most Christians believe the "world's" definition of perfection, thus unable to believe that we can be.
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God's definition of perfection is not the "world's" definition.  All perfection is, in the sight of God, is obeying Him, something Jesus did all of the days of His life.  It is with Him doing it, that He has left us the instructions to do it, and access to the Teacher who can teach and help us to do so.
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For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin.... That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  
1 Peter 2:21-24
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But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.  John 14:26
The instructions to obey God are in the written word, the instructions how to obey the written word is given to us by the Holy Spirit. Walking with the Holy Spirit varies with each of us, for we are not all on the same level, and there are many variables that determine how well we learn, and how long it takes to learn whatever the Holy Spirit is wanting to teach us.  The sooner we die to self-will, self-ambition, and self-desire, the faster we learn how to accomplish God's definition of perfection, which is total obedience to His desire for us, His perfect will.  Anything less will not please or satisfy Him.
1973 is when the Lord gave me my first profound revelation of the ability that He has put within us, who have the endowment of power spoken of in Acts 1:8.  Power not only to be effective verbal witnesses for Him, but also the ability to live what we preach being living testimonies.  The Greek word for power here means, "Mighty Power."
But ye shall receive (mighty) power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:   Acts 1:8a
May 8, 1975 the Lord gave me a song titled "A Living Sacrifice", here are the words:
Jesus gave His life for you and me
That from sin and bondage we could be free
Jesus gave Himself a living sacrifice
And for this reason Jesus gave His life
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There came a day I had to repent
And give my life to Jesus to live for Him
He spilled His blood so I could be cleansed
And from this time on I will live for Him
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I am weak but Jesus is strong
And by His grace through faith to Him I belong
I will give my life to Jesus a sacrifice
To dwell in His rest and have eternal life
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 Listen my friend here what Jesus says to you
 Just as he loves me, He loves you too
 Give Jesus your life a living sacrifice
 We must die to sin to have eternal life
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Thank you Jesus for saving my soul
Thank you Jesus for making me whole
My life I give to you a living sacrifice
Jesus the anointed, the Son, the Holy Christ
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In 1981 I was given a book to read, authored by Loran Helm (A Voice In The Wilderness), an autobiography with the primary focus on the work God had done in him to bring him to a place of total obedience to God's expectations for him.  When God said it, he did it.  With God's help he was faithful to obey to the day of his departure from this life; preaching the message of obedience to God, and his prayer for revival. 
In 1982 the Lord took me into a place of fellowship with Him that very few Christians throughout the ages have ever gone. In that nine month experience He showed me that 90 percent more or less of the true born again believers have no idea of what it is to walk in heavenly places in Christ (in the Holy Spirit).  With the help of the Holy Spirit we are given the power to overcome the sinful nature that is bound in our flesh that encourages us to disobey God.
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Satan found the Achilles’ heel of the Church, concerning obedience, and has been viciously beating it. The Achilles’ heel is ignorance concerning the life of Christ in the Holy Spirit that God requires us to live.  God has not left His church without a voice.  For, to those who seek to know Him more, "deep calling unto deep" for the place of fellowship and oneness with Him, He has taken us there, so that those who He has been able to take to that place of fellowship and oneness with Him could share it with others.
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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalms 42:1
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Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: Psalms 42:7a

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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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The topic of “works” is a common discussion every week as well as Trinity Theology. The primary topic this past week was the Theology that defines the relevance and relationship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have to each other. There are those who are falsely taught the Holy Spirit is the “power” of God, misusing and misinterpreting references to validate the erroneous conclusion, conclusion that makes God’s Spirit an insentient “it” instead of a sentient He. Even anti-trinitarian versions of the Bible translate the Holy Spirit as a HE not an “it.”
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Another theological conclusion denies Jesus is deity and teaches Jesus is not eternal; this was an issue dealt with in the early fourth century against what Lucian and Arius taught to deny both, using their misconceived conclusions about Apostle John’s use of the word Logos. Using the 600BC origin of the word “logos” and its 200BC etymological evolution, I have a personal theology about who “logos” is contrary to the “orthodox” conclusion that many teach today, and thereby interpret John 1:1-14 differently than most, and as a result being constantly derided, despite all the evidence I provide to validate my conclusion. I am persuaded I teach a Theology that is more Biblical than the common “orthodox” teaching; a common teaching that is more associated with Catholic Church dogma and Creeds, which I know the Bible proves are full of errors.
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Concerning those who falsely teach Jesus is not as eternal as His Father, and my knowing those who believe this are embracing what Lucian and Arius taught about “logos,” makes it possible for me to know how to defend Jesus is eternal, against those who teach Jesus is not eternal, and who thereby deny Jesus is deity also. One of the favorite references those who are falsely taught Jesus is not eternal use is Colossians 1:15 “… the firstborn of every creature;” this past week the Lord improved upon what He previously revealed to me about this verse being a reference to Jesus’ Resurrection (firstborn from the grave) as defined by Colossians 1:18 and Romans 8:29. God took care of what “firstborn” means, but the next question would be WHO is “every creature” referring to? Those who deny Jesus is eternal believe the words mean “everything that is created, he created all things” the verse does not say that. What will follow is the Theology I teach who “Logos” is and who the “every creature” is:
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“The way I use and interpret the Bible is not the “orthodox seminary way” that many “prefer” to use after the similitude of Catholic Orthodoxy, all of which can ONLY be a beginning foundation …not… the whole. The RCC Creeds have errors that the BIBLE does not agree with. I share, BOOK doctrine and theology [as well as Creeds] is …not… the end of what God wants us to learn; the information is ONLY a foundation for what … ONLY … GOD’s Spirit can reveal to us (1 Cor. 2:10). Apostle Paul is an example of this when he mentions what he learned as a Pharisee vs. the … deeper things … of God that the Holy Spirit taught him. Since …not… all Bible Colleges and Seminaries teach and interpret the Bible alike; I share, “quoting …“scholars” … of a BIAS choice, using memes and videos is …useless … when conversing with me. Tell me what …YOU… believe GOD has Shown YOU, and studied, in your OWN words, not someone else’s conclusions.
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Like John 1:1 the Greek word "Arche" translated "beginning" also means ORIGIN, this is the same word found in Revelation 3:14. WHO …in the OT… is given the distinction of being the ORIGIN (Creator) of ALL things? When a person comprehends that GOD is the Creator (Origin) of ALL things, is when they will ...only begin... to correctly interpret John 1:1 and Revelation 3:14, instead of the way some others presently do. John 1:18 tells us Jesus is in the “bosom of the Father,” this clearly makes Jesus Deity and …totally… connected to the Father through monogenes (only begotten), even though He has a physical body separate from the Father who is Spirit, and why Jesus was Deity in eternity before He received His physical body. The 600 BC philosophical ORIGIN of the Greek word Logos is verbiage ONLY, and since God in the OT says He is the Only God, BOTH facts clearly proves God is Logos …not… Jesus.
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You cannot separate what God says from whom He is, no more than what we say from who we are, verbiage we will be judged for (Matt 12:36). Jesus did not exist as a separate sentient in the OT; He ONLY does in the NT. With the information in this response, at this point, it is very clear to me the Father and Son existed together as the ONE true God, not as separate individuals but as ONE Sentient; understanding this, what is written about Jesus being the ORIGIN, the references are about the UNION He had with Almighty God (Father and Son together) as the ONE true God in the beginning of ALL created things [before anything was created], not two separate individuals. Colossians 1:16 is talking about Almighty God not Jesus, and that all things were created by Almighty God for HIS pleasure. What Colossians 1:18 says explains what v15 means, the firstborn (resurrected/begotten/gennao; Ps 2:7, Acts 13:33) from the dead under the New Covenant (Romans 8:29); v15 “every creature” is talking about those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior who will be resurrected like Jesus was.
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It is easy for me to conclude the versions that translate Arche as “beginning” rather than “origin” does it because of the “orthodox” theology that teaches Jesus is Logos, instead of God being Logos. In my opinion the Hypostatic Union Theology debunks Jesus is Logos, obviously some would disagree, but my research of this theology demonstrates there is also more than one way for someone to understand it, and that I am not the only one who discerns TWO Deities are taught in BOTH Canons of the Bible; i.e. Ps 45:6-7 and Hebrews 1:8-9. I share, “a celestial change happened when Jesus’ physical body was created in Mary’s womb (Luke 1:35); the ONE true God of the OT became TWO in the NT; the Father and the Only Begotten Son with …separate… identities of their own,” although it is obvious in the OT two identities would exist, and BOTH would be called “God.” When a person does not comprehend these BIBLICAL FACTS they will always misuse and misinterpret every verse and everything Jesus said about Himself and His Father Almighty God, and be BLIND to their COMMON connection and relevance to each other being equal in Deity.
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There is only ONE Almighty God, who has an ONLY Begotten Son who is EQUAL in Deity to Him, but always has and always well be subservient to Him; when Jesus said “my Father is greater than I” this is what Jesus meant, not that He was not equal in Deity. When Jesus said “I and my Father are one;” He was referring to the Hypostatic Union. The Father AND Son, individual identities, dwelt together in Jesus’ physical body, and this is the way John 1:14 should be interpreted. John 1:1-14 is the etymological evolution of the Greek word “Logos” from the 600 BC definition of “verbiage only” (v1) to the 200 BC definition of “verbiage and multiple gods” (v14); an …evolution… that Apostle John USED, like Paul did with the “unknown God” (Acts 17:23), in the first century AD to write what John did in John 1:1-14, to teach what is now called the “Hypostatic Union,” and that Jesus IS “Deity” every bit as much as His Father Almighty God is Deity. There is enough information in the NT to prove John is …not… the only Apostle who taught this theology; and I am fully aware BOTH Paul and John were very adamant and persuaded about this in their writings, which is why I …also … am “adamant and persuaded.
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Samuel Siders   11/12/2017 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]