1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5 NIV
It is the heart of a good father to want so see their child learn wisdom. It is the heart of our Father that we do as well.
The great questions I had growing as a Christian were, how exactly were supposed to live, and why do Christian men do evil when 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it is no longer the nature of a true believer to want to.
As I’ve considered this, I have come to understand that this is indeed what Jesus intended to bring.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
As Truth is a person, so is The Way. As surely as any understanding of who He was and what He taught could be expressed, it cannot be understood outside of the person of Who He Is, What He Did and Why He Did It. The Path of Life therefore, as it were, is following Jesus. For the original twelve apostles, this was through both observing who Him directly, as well as by hearing Him teach. Today, while we do not see exactly how He lived the words He preached, we have His Spirit within us to guide us into all truth.
But, most assuredly, His Words are to be obeyed. None of His Words can be fully embraced without the provision of His Spirit, but through Him, and His enabling power, we are able to overcome through faith.
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But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:14 NIV
As C. S. Lewis said, there is a ditch on either side of the road. But, as it must also be pointed out, between the two ditches on either side of the road is, namely, the road!
Between the ditch of trying to please God through dead works (Hebrews 6:1-2) and the other of “faith without works”, which is dead as well (James 2:20), is a narrow road called The Highway, and its keeper is the Great I AM, the Holy Ghost.
But, There is a road that leads to life, and His Name is Jesus Christ.
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And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
In the beginning, that is the beginning of the church, there was no name for this assembly; they were merely a “sect”, a small group of Jews, which the main-stream shunned as “errant”. They were not named or classified, except that they followed Jesus, really.
It wasn’t until later, about ten years after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lord in the city of Antioch that they were called “Christians”, or “little Christs”. Whether for good or for ill, men like to name things, and, for better or worse, the name has stuck. Read more…
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:16 KJV
Lest we forget our place, let us remember Jesus words. He did not come to condemn, because He didn’t have to. We already were, all of us (John 3:17, Romans 3:23). Lest we lose our moorings, let us remember the foundations of our faith. One of the foundations upon which all else is built upon is Eternal Punishment (Hebrews 6:2). Without these things, we are in error, and we cannot grow into maturity in the things of faith.
None of us can boast about our place in God, for no one is righteous on their own merit. Paul wrote, “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded.” Romans 3:27. Even in evangelism, while it is true that we have what everyone else is looking for, and we must not get into fruitless debates, it remains upon the finished works of the cross. We tell others that they are sinners and condemned to hell, not because we are righteous in our own merit, but because of the very hope we preach.
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Paul lists 6 things in Hebrews 6:1-2 that he lists as essential doctrines for the church for progressing further into spiritual things. Without these pieces, we cannot build successfully in the Spirit what God would have for His house. Each piece is important, and often builds on one another, until the whole foundation is laid. It is only after the foundations, the fundamentals are secured in a living and active way that the whole house can be properly built up.
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
According to scholars, the first reference Jesus makes to building a “church” or even mentioning the word is this word that He gave to Peter. As far as I can tell, this is one of the only “nuts” and “bolts” that Jesus ever gives concerning building a church.
Many make a case for either large church or small church based on various scriptures and reasonings. It is good to point out, however, that the Word actually says they did both.
Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
This scripture makes it clear they met BOTH in the temple as a large congregation, and house to house, which seems to indicate smaller groups as well. But, what is interesting, is that no where is the character of these gatherings described by what we understand as a ‘meeting’ today. They met, sure, and they shared. There certainly would have been some format, but they weren’t doing “Sunday Morning” back then. They were glad, genuine, and thankful, because they had the Truth.
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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
It doesn’t matter what version you read it in, Jesus is the way, He is THE Truth, and He is the life, the only life. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all that believe (1 Peter 1:5).
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Now watch this doctrine of Balaam most carefully. Notice above all, that it is the deliberate maneuver of a corrupt clergy to bind the people to them, by leading the people deliberately into the sin of unbelief. The Nicolaitane doctrine was the corruption of the clergy as they sought political power amongst themselves, while Balaamism is the subjection of the people to their system of creed and worship in order to hold them. Now watch this carefully. What was it that bound the people to the nominal church and thereby destroyed them? It was the creeds and dogmas formed into church tenets. It was the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. They were not given the true food, the Word. They were given the food that came from idol worship, Babylonian paganism wrapped up in Christian terminology. And that very same spirit and doctrine is right amongst all Protestants and it is called DENOMINATION. Nicolaitanism is organization, humanizing the leadership of the church, and thereby deposing the Spirit. Balaamism is denominationalism which takes the church manual instead of the Bible. And right to this hour, many of God’s people are caught in the snare of denominationalism and God is crying to them, “Come out of her My people, lest ye be partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.” You see they are ignorant. But if the rapture should take place at this moment, ignorance would be no court of appeal from the judgment of God for being in the wrong ranks.
William M. Branham, a prophet from 40’s and 50’s, wrote the above words towards the end of his book on the seven church ages.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world, nor of this realm. It was the Kingdom of the Heavens. John 3:3-5 indicates that the Kingdom cannot be seen nor entered unless one is born again, born of the water and the Spirit.
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