Something to Ponder…

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
We are living in the dispensation of faith, hope and charity <——– in this order, why?
1  We must have faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, why? because there’s no other way to please God, which in turn –
2.  gives us hope for the future – eternal life spent in glory with our Lord, we have assurance that we are saved, which in turn –
3.  makes us thankful for God’s unspeakable gift, and this leads us to charity, of not wanting to see others in hell for eternity by way of preaching the gospel to lost souls.
1 Corinthians 3:
13 Every man’s WORK shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
It says WORK – singular.
So what is a believer’s work?  What is a believer’s calling?  Preaching the gospel and seeing Saints edified as opposed to the calling of the world which is to live a meaningless life trying to be a good person or aiming for religious holy perfection in the flesh (which does not exist and therefore goes without saying, cannot be obtained)
It is to build on the foundation that Christ laid for this current dispensation, that is, to build the body of Christ, not brick by brick, but soul by soul by means preaching the gospel.
Paul calls it LABOUR.
1 Corinthians 3:
Now he that PLANTETH and he that WATERETH are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Planting (sowing) and watering which refers to the preaching the gospel, propagating Pauline Christianity (Biblical-Dispensational Truth) and edifying saints.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
  

Remembering without ceasing your WORK of FAITH, and LABOUR OF LOVE, and PATIENCE OF HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

  1.  Work of faith
  2.  Labour of love
  3. Patience of hope

 

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PAULINE CHRISTIANITY

IF YOU AREN’T PAULINE IN DOCTRINE, YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE! AND YOU PROBABLY AREN’T EVEN SAVED…..
 
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.
 
Have you ever asked yourself what the WORD OF TRUTH IS that needs to be rightly divided?
 
Ephesians 1:13 tells you has the answer.
 
GRACE: (BUT NOW)
 
1 Corinthians 7:
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:11 BUT AND IF SHE DEPART, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
 
LAW: (TIMES PAST)
 
Matthew 5:32
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, SAVING FOR THE CAUSE OF FORNICATION, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
 
WHAT DOES THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES SAY?
 
2 TIMOTHY 2:
 
7 CONSIDER WHAT I SAY; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
 
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: FOR YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.
 
Galatians 3:
 
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
 
25 But after that faith is come, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A SCHOOLMASTER.

CHOICES

A BELIEVER HAS CHOICES:

 

Attain spiritual growth and maturity

Ephesians 3:16-19

 

  <        CHOICES           >

 

Remains carnal, a babe in Christ

1 Corinthians 3:1-2

2 Timothy 4:4

Gains the right qualifications

(Has been taught to be discerning):

1 Corinthians 3:18

1 Corinthians 3:21

1 Corinthians 6:12

Accumulates teachers,

having  itchy ears (chooses to be undiscerning):                                        

A workman 2 Timothy 2:15           A student
Avoids certain people

And certain situations

Titus 3:10

Romans 16:17

Romans 12:9               

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

2 Corinthians 6:14

2 Timothy 3:5

Hates losing “friends”
 Receives reward(s) in heaven 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

1 Corinthians 9:16-18

No reward(s), yet saved by fire
An ambassador/minister of

reconciliation

1 Corinthians 4:1

2 Corinthians 5:20

2 Corinthians 5:18

Is a Greek scholar
Is strong in the faith 2 Timothy 2:1

1 Thessalonians 3:7

Is weak in the faith
A labourer 1 Corinthians 3:9

Romans 12:11

Slothful
Holds fast to sound words 2 Timothy 1:13

2 Timothy 1:7

Cowardly
Is faithful 2 Timothy 2:2

1 Corinthians 4:2

1 Corinthians 11:1

Philippians 3:18

Compromises – “agrees to

disagree”.  An enemy of the Cross

Endures hardness 2 Timothy 2:3

1 Thessalonians 3:3

Is conciliatory for the wrong

reasons and calls it love

Makes all men see Ephesians 3:9 Teaches and promotes racism
Teaches no other doctrine 1 Timothy 1:3

2 Timothy 2:8

Disregards dispensational

Boundaries, believes Paul wrote

the epistle to the Hebrews

Not entangled with the affairs

of this life

2 Timothy 2:4 Supports and promotes political

and social causes/agendas

Sets affection on things above Philippians 3:20 Is conformed to the world
King James Bible only Compare scripture wrt Christ’s deity attributes in a KJB to other Bible (per)versions Adheres to and believes

perverted bible versions

Believes Jesus never renounced

His deity attributes at any time, ever

Colossians 1:15

Colossians 2:9

Philippians 2:6

Believes and promotes the empty

Jesus theory

Practices good works Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 1:4

Does not know how to preach
Sees souls saved and saints

Edified

1 Thessalonians 2:2

1 Thessalonians 2:13

Does not see souls saved and

saints edified

Is thankful in all things, for all

Things

2 Corinthians 8:2

Philippians 4:12-13

Only thankful in good times, for

good things

Preaches the gospel 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Corinthians 1:23

1 Corinthians 2:2

Galatians 1:7

Does not preach the gospel
Walks in the newness of life 1 Corinthians 4:1

Ephesians 5:8

Pastors do not reprove, rebuke

nor admonish members of their

congregation who are morally

and/or doctrinally wrong

Introspective 1 Corinthians 1:29-30

Galatians 3:3-4

Mind the things of the flesh
Wise 1 Corinthians 3:18 Ignorant
Walks circumspectly Ephesians 5:15

Colossians 2:6-7

Easily influenced
High standards Ephesians 2:1-3 Careless
Aware of weaknesses Ephesians 4:17-19 Feeds weaknesses
Nourished up in the words of

faith and good doctrine

1 Timothy 4:6

1 Corinthians 2:5

Impatient
Consistent 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 Pastors do not preach the

Judgment Seat of Christ

Filled with the knowledge of

His will having wisdom, having

spiritual understanding, walks

worthy

Colossians 1:9-10

1 Timothy 2:3-4

Ephesians 4:1

1 Thessalonians 4:4

Ignorant of God’s purpose

and will

MEET FOR THE

MASTER’S USE : BEING USEFUL

TO GOD DURING ONE’S TENURE

ON THIS EARTH, which has absolutely NOTHING To do with reaching a state of

sinless perfection

2 Timothy 2:2

1 Corinthians 5:7

Romans 12:1-2

TO BECOME A VESSEL OF

HONOUR “PURGE YOURSELF

OF THESE”

VESSEL OF HONOUR    ^

Gold, silver & precious stones

2 Timothy 2:20

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

VESSEL OF DISHONOUR  ^

Wood, hay & stubble                

           ^    THE FOUNDATION:                                                                       ^

1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of which is given unto ME, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  BUT LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THEREON.  For other foundation can NO MAN lay that that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”.

 

© Copyright : A.D. Henry

12 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MEANING OF WORDS, FIGURES OF SPEECH, TENSES, WHOLE SENTENCES, ENTIRE CHAPTERS & PUNCTUATION PUT SCRIPTURE INTO ITS RIGHTFUL CONTEXT AND MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Do you take note of what the Bible says when reading it, such as tenses (past, present and future), the actual meaning of words, punctuation, figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, et cetera? Particularly the words BUT NOW, NOW, YOU ARE or HENCEFORTH, words the Apostle Paul uses so many times which obviously pertain to the present tense.

Romans 16:

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Paul could easily have said, “To him that is of the power to stablish you according to THE gospel…..” but he didn’t.  He clearly stated, “NOW to him that is of the power to stablish you according to MY gospel…..”

What else did he mention in relation to his gospel (“my gospel”) which concerns the present tense (“now”)?

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to institutionalized, mainline denominationalism?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Kingdom Gospel?

NO.

He clearly said:

“….. and the preaching of Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY

26 BUT NOW is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Paul could have said, “Is made manifest”, or he could’ve stated, “Was made manifest by the 12 Apostles”, or even, “Was made manifest in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John”, but he didn’t.  He clearly said “BUT NOW is made manifest”.

What is NOW made manifest?  The revelation of the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ.

And how else is it made manifest?  By the scriptures of the prophets.  What was made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets in Israel’s Old Covenant?  HOW that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – He suffered on Calvary cross, He died in our stead, He was a propitiation for our sins.  And that He was buried ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – for 3 days and 3 nights.  His burial confirms that He died and it also confirms that He rose again from the dead on the 3rd day.  If he wasn’t buried, He didn’t die, therefore He couldn’t resurrect from the dead.  Common sense.

If there was no confirmation in the Old Covenant by the prophets how that Christ died for sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, it goes without saying that there would be no proof of Christ having died for our sins, being buried and rising again from the dead on the third day, and in turn no-one would be able to prove there is an ascended Christ who revealed a mystery to the Apostle Paul.

The mystery revealed to Paul by the ascended Christ is based on Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection on the third day for our justification.    It’s all about Him and what He did, His plan of salvation which was given directly to the Gentiles as opposed to Gentiles having prostelyze or having to go through Israel in order to be saved, because there is no Israel today one can prostelyze through in order to be saved.

Because He rose from the dead, we are justified.  Why?  Because He lives, we as believers will live eternally with Him in glory.  And why will we live in glory with Him for eternity?  Because we are justified.  Why are we justified?  Because we believe in His finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, which means we believe what HE DID for us.  When we believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) a change in our judicial standing and spiritual status takes place.

Romans 3:21-25:

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Yet contrary to this scripture, mainline, institutionalized denominationalists still proclaim to keep the law in order to gain righteousness, and in so doing seek to be justified in the eyes of God by their own good works instead of by faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection alone.

And not only that, but we gain God’s righteousness by the faith of Jesus Christ (Pauline doctrine) today, meaning that salvation is only to be found in Pauline doctrine, particularly 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Pauline doctrine is a faith, namely the faith of Jesus Christ in this current dispensation which we are to believe.

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The spiritual status of mankind in his unsaved state – sinners who have come short of the glory of God.

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Justified freely by His grace.   Freely means freely.  It doesn’t mean one has to do anything/something in order to gain justification in the eyes of God.  All it takes if faith/trust/belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary Cross for one’s sins, as well as His resurrection for one’s salvation.

So what was the Apostle Paul referring to before verse 21?

He was asking what advantage the Jew had in times past, and what did circumcision profit anyone in times past?  His answer was that the Oracles of God were committed to the Jews in times past – Genesis was written by Moses, they were given the Law, they were set apart from the Gentile nations, salvation was of the Jews (John 4:22).

Yet, even if Jews do not believe,today it will not make the faith of God of none effect today because Gentiles no longer have to prostelyze in order to be saved.

Jews no longer have a spiritual advantage over Gentiles.  All people have been declared guilty before God.

No-one is justified by the law today, instead the law is there to give us the knowledge of sin – where we have and do go wrong.

I have noted two areas in Paul’s epistles where he states to NOW and BUT NOW.  It’s up to you to study further….

 

 

 

Spiritual strength and fleshly weakness

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When the world was cruel and battered his flesh, he grew to rely/trust more on the Lord Jesus Christ and his spirit was strengthened by the hope of spending eternity in glory, reconciled to God, knowing this life is short-lived and the things of the world do no matter.

WE HAVE HOPE.  The vast majority today have absolutely no hope whatsoever, they live in fear of dying, of suffering, of getting disease, of being disabled, losing their salvation, not knowing how God operates today and wishing for the best.

For when I am weak, then I am strong: I know the bad things that happen to me during this life do not matter because the magnificence of eternity lies ahead, which puts life on this earth into its rightful perspective.

Politics do not matter

Religion does not matter

Saving the planet from climate change does not matter

What matters during this life is MAKING ALL MEN SEE by the preaching of the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 in order for them to have the same hope as us.

Without hope men die, not only physically, but spiritually as they partake of the second death which is for eternity.

 

The Apostle Paul’s claims and his ministry

1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

  1. He wasn’t sent to baptize (with water) as most churches do today.
  2. He was sent to preach the gospel, yet most today are ignorant as to what the gospel is which saves men’s souls.

Followers of the Apostle Paul?   No.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

  1. He renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.
  2. Didn’t walk in craftiness
  3. Didn’t handle the word of God deceitfully.

Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:

2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.

Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth.  A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.

2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.

2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).

2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.

1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 Corinthians 7:Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:

Romans 5: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

 

 

 

 

The flesh, outward appearance, thoughts, imaginations, weapons of warfare

 

Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Contemptible : hateful, shocking, offensive

Commend : applaud, praise, advance

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Galatians 6:3-5

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?