A BELIEVER HAS CHOICES:
Attain spiritual growth and maturity
| < 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
having itchy ears (chooses to be undiscerning):
|A workman||2 Timothy 2:15||A student|
|Avoids certain people
And certain situations
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
|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
|Holds fast to sound words||2 Timothy 1:13
2 Timothy 1:7
|Is faithful||2 Timothy 2:2
1 Corinthians 4:2
1 Corinthians 11:1
|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
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
|Believes and promotes the empty
|Practices good works||Ephesians 2:10
|Does not know how to preach|
|Sees souls saved and saints
|1 Thessalonians 2:2
1 Thessalonians 2:13
|Does not see souls saved and
|Is thankful in all things, for all
|2 Corinthians 8:2
|Only thankful in good times, for
|Preaches the gospel||1 Corinthians 9:16-17
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:23
1 Corinthians 2:2
|Does not preach the gospel|
|Walks in the newness of life||1 Corinthians 4:1
|Pastors do not reprove, rebuke
nor admonish members of their
congregation who are morally
and/or doctrinally wrong
|Introspective||1 Corinthians 1:29-30
|Mind the things of the flesh|
|Wise||1 Corinthians 3:18||Ignorant|
|Walks circumspectly||Ephesians 5:15
|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
|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
1 Timothy 2:3-4
1 Thessalonians 4:4
|Ignorant of God’s purpose
|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
|2 Timothy 2:2
1 Corinthians 5:7
|TO BECOME A VESSEL OF
HONOUR “PURGE YOURSELF
|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
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.
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?
The preaching of Jesus Christ according to institutionalized, mainline denominationalism?
The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Kingdom Gospel?
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.
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….
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.
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.
- He wasn’t sent to baptize (with water) as most churches do today.
- 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.
- He renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.
- Didn’t walk in craftiness
- 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:
6 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 7:4 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: 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 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.
7 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.
8 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:
9 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 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.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
2 Corinthians 13:5 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?
One of the problems most people, namely mainline, institutionalised denominationalists have when reading the Bible (and there is only one Bible – the Authorised King James Bible) is the fact that they do not believe what God ACTUALLY SAYS. A certain number of Calvinists a few centuries ago didn’t believe what God said, so they changed it to suit themselves and their circumstances:
For example in Genesis 12:
“Now the Lord had said unto Jan Van Dyke, Get thee out of thy country which is Holland, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land called South Africa that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Now, if you are self-righteous and believe the Bible to be a magic book that needs to be “handled correctly” you would probably be having apoplexy right now because “I have the nerve to change God’s words or the Bible”, yet this is what most people do every single day of their lives, hence the reason why most incorrectly apply Israel’s Old Covenant to themselves and take Israel’s Covenant promises for themselves too.
So the main reason for Jan Van Dyke’s current problems from his personal perspective is this:
2 Chronicles 7:14:
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
His people, the chosen ones have turned away from God to wicked ways. Remember: Calvinists see themselves as the few chosen by God (limited atonement).
Jan blatantly does not believe who the book of Chronicles was actually written to:
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord‘s house.
3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
The only other option remaining which rightfully explains why these people believe as they do is Replacement Theology, i.e., they think they are Israel or the “new Israel”, but I have encountered various others who state, “God was talking to the Jews who are people, the Gentiles are also people, so this applies to them too”. But WHERE in the Bible does it state that God made a covenant with the Gentiles or Gentile nations in times past?
They believe they are chosen as Israel was.
In Ephesians 2:12 the Apostle Paul is clear when he says that Gentiles had no part in Israel’s covenant or the promises related to this covenant.
One cannot change God’s words to suit oneself, and if you do not believe what God said/says then you are obviously in……….. unbelief.
Unbelief is shown when one has to change scripture or omit scripture or ignore scripture or wrest scripture.
The Bible is sharper than a two-edged sword which means if you believe it as it is written and take scripture in its rightful context and apply that which is meant only for you, it is your friend, but if you change God’s words and wrest them, it becomes your enemy and condemns you.
Believe and apply the word rightly divided, including the grace gospel = friend, reconciled to God, saved, justified, sanctified, approved unto God, glory, eternity.
Unbelief, wresting scripture, bible blending and believing good news meant for another dispensation = enemy, punishment, suffering, lost, hell, regret, wailing.
A two-edged sword. Something that causes both advantages and problems. And the Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword.
A TRANSDISPENSATIONAL TRUTH:
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.