Sunday, June 18, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  12
THE LAW OF CHRIST
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Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 1 Corinthians 9:21
There is a law of Christ; the greatest aspect of this law is LOVE. Love and devotion to God is to be paramount in our walk with Him, which would flow toward others.  Another aspect of the law is Obedience to God and to Christ; it is not a grievous command when spawned out of love for Him. There is a love that exceeds our own, not just for Him but for others also.  It is the hereditary element of His Love that flows out of the righteous nature of God that is in our inner man, our spirit. 
"Bear ye one another’s burdens", burden takes on many characteristics.  These characteristics being: heaviness, weight, burden, trouble, tribulation, and persecution. The form of love that is compassion compels us to help one another through emotional and physical trauma, and not to add to the "burden" what ever form it takes.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. John 5:3
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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.  Luke 10:27
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as  I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10
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If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15                                 
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Laying down our life for our friends, does not only cover dying in the place of someone else, but it is also the spiritual death to the sinful nature bound in our flesh, refusing to yield to its rebellious pull.  Jesus is our example of death to self-will, self-desire, and self-ambition (1 Peter 2:21-22).  It is because of His example that the Apostles did and taught the same.  Death to self-will, self-desire, and self-ambition is a dying that others would live.
When we obey God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind this is how we show God's love to others.  Death to the will of the sinful nature bound in our flesh, and obedience to God's perfect will is the ultimate testament to all people, (especially the "household of faith"), from which the glory of God and His love flows to the world.  When we are in total obedience to Him, He promises to manifest the fullness of His Glory through our life to the world (Isaiah 58:6-14).
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all me especially unto them who Galatians 6:10
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health   shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.      Isaiah 58:8
How did Jesus purchase eternal life for us?  He died for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25).  How will these sinners, who I have mentioned ever receive this same eternal life, we have received in Christ?  We must learn how to die that they may live, and learn how to die for others to live.
Obedience to God is not a grievous duty, but rather a joyous labor; that is, if we truly love God, as so many of us readily say we do.  Total obedience to our Father is not an obedience because of demand, but rather out of love and reverence for the One who loves us, died and rose again for us, now at the right hand of God making intercession for us, according to God's will, in our behalf.  Definitely so, and a true Saint of God obeys Him, not because we have to, but because we want to.  The joy that accompanies total obedience to our Father and Being One with Him, having true fellowship with our Creator, is beyond words to describe.  This wonderful place of fellowship, and total obedience, is within the reach of every one of us, if only we will seek God for the revealing of how to attain to it, then receive it and run with it.
The whole duty of man is to obey God, to humble ourselves (as Jesus did, Phil. 2:8), submitting, to walk in full obedience to our Father, so to have fellowship in the light, as He is in the light, which the Lord desires for us.  God's desire for our fellowship though, is not as great as His desire for our joy, which He intended us to continually experience, before we sinned in Adam. One of the most obvious reasons, why our Father wants us to have a continual abundance of joy, and desires our uninterrupted fellowship, is LOVE.
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When we have an overwhelming love for someone we want to be with them our every waking moment, this is God's love for us and His desire to fellowship, spend meaningful and positive time with us.  I know what it is to be despised, rejected, and afflicted, to be in want of my brothers and sisters love and fellowship, unconditional acceptance by all, like God is wanting ours, to only be ignored or snubbed by the very ones who are supposed to love unconditionally, without partiality or bias.
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The word of God says, “How can you love God if you don't love your brother” (I John 4:20)?  By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you love one another…John 13:35.  Love covers the multitude of sins (fault) I Peter 4:8.  In 2 Peter 1:5-7 the last virtue for true maturity in Christ is charity (unconditional love), something that many in the Church have very little of because of the constant practice of prejudice, or fault finding, that stems from the sinful nature that is in the flesh.   Unconditional love resists prejudice and the tendency to find fault.
The law of Christ compels us to die to self-will, self-desire, and self-ambition, to be the example of Christ to the world, so that when they see us they see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  When Philip asked to see the Father, Jesus said that when seeing Him he was seeing the Father.  In our daily routine of life, in whatever environment we find ourselves, when there is occasion to mingle with Sinners, the law of Christ which is not only love, but obedience to God and to Christ, will give us a boundary we are not to cross, a threshold concerning our association with them.  A threshold and a boundary we are not to cross, concerning our conduct, behavior, and speech.  This is what Paul was referring to when he spoke of being among those who were without the law; he was still bound by the law of Christ, as are we.
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Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet  hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:8-9
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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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My past week online begin with sharing with a female Muslim who believes Islam is a religion of peace, and exalting Mohammad as one of the greatest prophets who ever lived, then misusing Numbers 23:19 and Job 25:4 against God ever becoming a man, and that no man is clean who is born of a woman. Numbers 23:19 is about God’s righteous character, not that He would never become a man, and besides this Genesis 3:8, Genesis chapters 17 and 18 can be used to prove God did and can become a Solid Human Male any time He so pleases. Using Job 25:4 against Jesus, ignores Adam’s sinful nature is passed on through a male not a female, and since even the Quran teaches Jesus is “virgin born” Jesus would not have been “unclean” having been born of a woman because GOD who is righteous is Jesus’ Father, not a sinful human male.  My next response was to share with the Muslim how the Quran teaches Mohammad was a sinner, which she wanted Quran scripture to prove and was provided, and that nowhere in the Quran was that ever said of Jesus. Afterwards I shared this information with her, even though she chose to ignore it, which the Lord help me to create, some time ago, to expose the Quran teaches Jesus is the Messiah and Savior unto ALL people:
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Yasmine … “Your clergy lie to you when they say Jesus was only a prophet to the Israelis; when the Quran says Jesus is the "Mercy of God to ALL people," this was Never said of Mohammad. Jesus is called the Messiah in the Quran, this is Never said of Mohammad. Mohammad was a sinner and Jesus never sinned. Jesus is virgin born; this is never said of Mohammad. The name Isa means "salvation" in Hebrew. Here we have five facts about Jesus in the Quran. Virgin born, Righteous (never sinned), He is the Messiah, Savior, and Mercy of God to ALL people, and you have chosen not to believe any of it.”
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Most of the other discussions were about Jesus’ Deity and Trinity, with those who refuse to believe the Scriptures that prove Jesus is, and Trinity theology; providing this defense for one of the people:
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“Jesus is Deity through Heredity because His Father is Deity (Hebrews 1:4); and explains why GOD calls His Only Begotten Son "God" in Psalms 45:6-7 and Hebrews 1:8-9. God calls His Son "God;" therefore so do I. Almighty God calling His Only Begotten Son "God" is not calling Jesus Almighty God who is Jesus' Father. Jesus' Humanity does not diminish who He is in Deity. If the Blind could ever understand this they would stop Blaspheming Jesus, to make Him less than who GOD calls His Only Begotten Son,”
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This defense was provided that the Holy Spirit is not an “it” or the power of God, but a sentient He:
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“Luke 1:35 say the Holy Spirit used the power of the Highest (God); that is two individuals and the Son of God (Jesus) is the third. In John 14:26 Jesus said the Father would send the Holy Spirit; therefore the Holy Spirit does not come from Jesus, but from His Father. Ruach HaKodesh does not mean God's power; the English translation is "The Spirit of the LORD," and as Jesus said in Matthew 10:20 God has a Spirit of His own. Genesis 1:2 did not say Elohiym hovered over the waters, it says the Spirit of Elohiym did; two different sentients. In Greek "parakletos" is not "dumanis" and neither are they defined the same.”
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It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe the soul is our human body rather than two distinct creations, and that the spirit is our breath rather than a sentient creation. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 is clear proof spirit, soul, and body are three distinct creations, and by definition “spirit” is also a sentient creation, not only wind and breath. God is a sentient Spirit as well as His personal Spirit (Holy Spirit); therefore to believe “spirit” only means wind and breath is claiming God is not a sentient being.  I had one personal claim my use of what Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 said nothing about the soul and body being two different things. In response I let her know she ignored the word “BOTH” that clearly Proves Jesus did teach soul and body are …not… the same.
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One of the final pieces of information I shared, was about the Book of Revelation:
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"With the Help of God's Spirit the Book of Revelation is not the mystery, those who do not have HIS Spirit, believe it is. There is enough LITERAL information that doctrine and theology can be created from to add to what the rest of the Bible contains, without being sidelined by any part which is obviously allegory or symbolic. “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things (doctrine and theology) which are written in it; for the time is near” Revelation 1:3. One of those doctrines is that "works" WILL have an impact on whether we receive eternal life or not. 
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Samuel    6/18/2017 - [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]