Sunday, March 26, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 5 (2 of 2)  
S M Y R N A
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;  These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried: and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  Revelation 2:8-10
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Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
Just as Jannes and Jambres who stirred up rebellion against Moses to undermine his authority and effectiveness as a leader and to try to mar his reputation, it is the same with those who are living below what God requires of us as His children.  Allowing themselves to be plants of Satan, those who say they are Jews [no circumcision of the heart- Romans 2:28-29], but are of the synagogue of Satan, to add to the persecution that is going on outside of the church, to create distress within the church upon the faithful and true Christians.  God desires depth of character, and requires more than what we are giving Him in the area or total surrender of our will to do His will only.
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. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile  the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.    Jude 1:3, 4, 8, 10-13, 16-19
It is God's desire that we be as the meaning of the name Smyrna, which is MYRRH.  Myrrh was a costly perfume, also used as an antiseptic for embalming, to mask odors, and relieve pain.  God desires us to be Saints, creating peace and consolation; not creating pain, strife, unrest, division, and any other fruit common to the sinful nature that abides in the flesh.
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When we totally surrender our entire life to the dictates of the Holy Spirit, to please God instead of the sinful nature in our flesh, we are giving ourselves an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.  God wants to be the first and the last, and our Resurrection from death unto life, Rev. 2:8.  When people see us, they should see Jesus, the exact image, character and nature of our Father.  This is only possible with the anointing that is placed in and on us when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the power to be witnesses not only in word but also in deed.  We are to crucify the deeds of the flesh, not indulge it.          
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galations 5:24
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And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour (savor).  Ephesians 5:2
It is significant that in v.11 the second death is mentioned because of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan v.9.  The second death is their judgment, as well as for the Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.   Revelation 21:8
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.   Revelation 2:11
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders ; 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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As is common my conversations have been varied and with numerous people. This past week stated with having to explain the difference between “Baptism IN the Holy Spirit” (new birth) and “Baptism WITH the Holy Spirit” (power, glossolalia, 9 charismata) which evolved into the significance and purpose for Water Baptism, and that the New Birth is not given through water baptism, but through God’s Spirit. It does not cease to amaze me how many non-Catholic believers misinterpret John 3:5 like the Catholics do, by ignoring that Jesus explained His meaning of “water” in John 3:6 “what is flesh is flesh” and that Jesus said this in response to Nicodemus’ question about reentering the mother’s womb. The physical birth must come first before a second birth can. In defense some have said the word “water” is not a Greek word for the placenta fluid; for me that means nothing when using CONTEXT, water is water no matter the source.
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A man named Stephen was attempting to use Scripture to conclude water baptism is the agent for the New Birth; giving Scripture in Acts were people were baptized in water without any mention of repentance first. When we consider what Peter said in Acts 2:38 “Repent and by baptized…” it is obvious the Apostles would never have baptized anyone in water unless they had “repented” first. I know that it is after heart repentance from sin that God gives the New Birth before water baptism is of any value.
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I received God’s New Birth and the Baptism WITH the Holy Spirit, before I was ever baptized in water. Clearly water baptism is not the agent for receiving God’s New Birth; God’s Spirit is, and just as Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus in John 3. God does not baptize unregenerate sinners with the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, a person MUST be born again “regenerated” by God’s Spirit FIRST; therefore where ever repentance from sin is not specifically mentioned it needs to be understood that conversion had already happened in the heart, before the other two baptisms happen. Another issue about water baptism is those who totally devalue the need for it, contrary to Jesus’ …command… that it is to be done, and my using John 3:25 and 1 Peter 3:21 to prove what value obeying the command has in completing God’s Plan of Salvation to make us COMPLETELY whole and healed.
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Another topic of discussion that took additional days of dialog is John 1:1-14 and how Logos Doctrine, Hypostatic Union theology, and Trinity theology helps to CORRECTLY interpret verse 1 and 14; where using “traditional” orthodoxy does not. The Origin of the word “logos” began as verbiage; and therefore v1 is ONLY about Almighty God who spoke those words; He spoke them therefore Logos is God Himself, causing what is written in v1 not being about Jesus but about the Father, v14 is about Jesus and the Father’s union in Jesus’ physical body. The discussion about logos being God, and Jesus being Deity can be as intense as a discussion about the value of works to receive eternal life.
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The final discussion I had about Logos being God, had to do with the Greek word logos being translated “Word” and the Greek “origin” having to do will “divine will” not “divine nature.” A person accused me of being deceptive because I mentioned nothing about “divine will” in my theology about the word logos and the evolution to sentient gods; specifically I did not, but generally I did when using the word “verbiage,” having EVOLVED into sentient gods. The man wanted to stay stuck on the “verbiage” definition to the ignoring of the etymologically evolution of the word logos to “sentience.” Those who deny Trinity do this bias to ignore John’s PURPOSE and CHOICE for using the Logos philosophy; to prove Jesus’ Deity through God who is the sentient Logos; as written in John 1:1 “…the Word was God” and the Greek word monogenes in John 3:16 as used for Jesus.
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Another Topic was God being able and wanting to reveal everything about Himself to us; there are those who deny this, such will say “God is incomprehensible,” contrary to Jesus telling us, that it is given to us to comprehend the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and Paul the deep things of God through His Spirit. As the conversation progressed, the word “comprehend” came to my mind as being in the NT and I found it in Ephesians 3:14-17 to validate what I had been sharing. Where the limitations of the corporeal mind fails to comprehend God, HE has given us His Spirit so we can beyond those limitations, and why I posted: “there is a place in our fellowship with God very few Christians will ever enter because of unbelief; therefore pray that God will lead you there, and in His time He will.” A day or two later “secret place” came to my mind and I found the reference in Psalms 91 adding this to the statement using verses 1 and 14-16 where GOD was speaking a promise.
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He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty… [look what GOD says], Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:1, 14-16. Unbelief prevents all of this.
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Samuel    3/26/2017 - [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]