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.

 

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Proverbs 14:12

 

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

In this current dispensation the way which seems right unto Man is religion in every shape and form, including mainline, institutionalised denominationalist Christianity, why?

Because all religioniststs rely on their good works to gain entry into heaven.  They try to follow Christ according to His earthly ministry and their main aim is to eventually be like Him, failing which, they beg for His mercy because they claim not to be perfect…. their doctrine or belief system is totally contradictory : Aim to be perfect – fail – beg for mercy, realise they can never obtain perfection/nirvana = lack of faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary Cross & His resurrection for their salvation.

The end (result) of holding to this belief is the way of death, why?

For the sole reason that He, the Lord Jesus Christ did it ALL.  He died for your sins.  He was buried.   And He rose again on the third day.  Since He did it all, is there anything one can do to save oneself from God’s wrath, from eternal fire, from eternal suffering?

All means all.  If something is complete, can one still add to it to make it more complete?

Nevertheless, it’s strange how some tie themselves up with works in order to be pleasing to God after they have been saved (which, by the way is debatable).

Romans 12:1 ~ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

The Apostle Paul refers to it as SERVICE, not salvation, and he describes it as REASONABLE, whereas mainline denominationalism would be unreasonable in stating that if you do not present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, you are either unsaved or have lost your salvation.

What type of God would have His Son die on the cross for our sins, only to make us work or change our way of living in order to be saved?  If we are to work to gain salvation, and continue to work in order to maintain it, why did the Lord Jesus Christ actually die on Calvary’s Cross?  Was it not for our sins?  Wasn’t His finished work on Calvary’s cross a once-off transaction?

Done.  Finished.  Complete.

Some people have a field day about GRACE, but most do not have a cooking clue what it means.   They adorn men, they adorn themselves, they adorn their own words, they adorn their behaviour, they adorn falsities, but they do not adorn the doctrine of the ascended Christ handed to the Apostle Paul.

Titus 2:10 ~ Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

It’s pointless being a nice, kumbayah singing, hand-holding, back patting respecter of persons if you do not adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in ALL THINGS.

ALL THINGS.

Not some things.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ME AND WHAT I BELIEVE : BECAUSE ETERNITY MATTERS

I am a Mid-Acts Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist.

What does it mean to be a Mid-Acts (Acts 9) Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist?

It means the Bible is progressive revelation. God, although His character and principles remain the same throughout the ages, works differently with people during different dispensations.

DISPENSATION is a Biblical word – Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul was exclusively given the Dispensation of Grace by the ASCENDED Christ of which He was made the Chief Steward of, to dispense the relevant information on how men could now be saved.

God did not deal the same way with Adam & Eve or Noah as He dealt with the Jews. Adam & Eve were instructed not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but they failed.

Noah was instructed to build a ship and he obeyed God, the end result being that he and his wife and intermediate family were saved from destruction and went on to populate the earth through his 3 sons, Shem, Ham & Japheth.

Today we are instructed to believe the Gospel and to rightly divide the word of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4; 2; 2 Timothy 2:15.

God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his land of birth, and his family, although his nephew Lot and his father accompanied him, and that He (God) would make his (Abraham’s) descendants a great country, a light unto the world and He would bless them. They were made a peculiar people with their own set of laws and commandments.

Abram changed his name to Abraham. He believed God through faith alone and was saved – Genesis 15 and Romans 4. Only afterwards was Abraham circumsized – Genesis 17 and “marked” as sanctified – set apart from the heathen nations and God made a covenant with Him.

PLEASE NOTE : God made a covenant with Abraham, Abraham did not make a covenant with God.

Abraham’s descendants were known as Hebrews because Abram belonged to the Hebrew tribe when he lived in Ur, he was a descendant of Shem, and thus a Semite. Semitic.

The Hebrews were set-apart (sanctified) from the heathens by way of being given a set of commandments and laws – namely, the Levitical Law, and the Priests who oversaw and implemented these laws were from the tribe of Levi, hence the name “Levitical law”.

The Levitical Law of which the Mosaic Law (given to Moses on two tablets of stone) is a part of, is made up of 613 commandments in total, and what did Christ tell the Jews during His earthly ministry to Israel? He said, if you break one of these commandments, you’ve broken them all – all 613. James 2:10; Matthew 5:19.

Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the four synoptic gospels depict Christ’s earthly ministry which was solely to Israel : Matthew 10:5; Matthew 15:24.

Why did Jesus say what He said in Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10:5? Because in times past, Israel was the light unto the world, Gentiles could only be saved through protelyzing to her faith, namely Judaism. This is also the very reason why Jesus said this in Matthew 15:26: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”

Only when the Gentile woman in question blessed Israel was she accepted.

Gentiles had to prostelyze or bless Israel in times past in order to be saved. This is not the case today, and nor do we have any claim to Israel’s promises. God chose A land – singular, not many lands, and the land in question in the Bible refers to the Kingdom of Israel which is still future. Her tribulation doctrine lies between Hebrews and Revelation. Her perfect sacrifice is the Lamb of God without spot or blemish, not a bull or a goat or a lamb or a dove as in times past. God will again, in a future time, bring her back into the fold and she will inherit her kingdom on earth.

But Israel had a propensity to always follow the ways of the heathen Gentiles and fell into apostasy, they even crucified their Messiah which was the final rejection of worshipping God and following His ways. Read Acts 28. Hence the reason God sent her prophets – to warn her of her apostasy. Today she isn’t a chosen people, she is saved the same way we are : through faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, His burial and His resurrection from the dead on the 3rd day.

Today God is dealing with individual salvation, not nations as in times past. If an individual Jew believes the gospel – he is saved.

Hence the reason why God raised up another Apostle, the Apostle Paul and gave him a different set of “rules” with a different gospel to to that of Israel’s Kingdom gospel, since God had now declared Israel lo-ammi – not His people (Hosea 2), he created an alternative way for the world to receive salvation as He couldn’t give Israel’s Kingdom promises to Gentiles as most of those promises for Israel have not yet been fulfilled, and God doesn’t break His promises as His character and principles never change.

Proof:

Compare Romans 4 to James 2.
Paul says today in the Dispensation of God’s grace we ARE saved (as opposed to will be saved)  by grace through faith without works – Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the object of our faith? The gospel which is noted in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

How do we know there is more than one gospel (good news) in the Bible? Because we aren’t saved in the same way as Noah was, nor are we saved the same way the Jews were – Galatians 2:7-9. The Gospel of the circumcision was given solely to Israel in order that Gentiles may prostelyze to her faith (times past), and the Gospel of the uncircumcision is given to Gentiles today in order to be saved.

There will however come a time when this dispensation will cease, and God will once again start dealing with Israel and the Kingdom Gospel will come into effect along with their law program.

2 Timothy tells us to rightly divide the word of truth – but what is the word of truth? Ephesians 1:13 tells us what it is. So why does God tell/instruct us to rightly divide the gospel of our salvation? Because there is more than one and we need to believe the right one, the which is in effect during the time we are living.

The Apostle Paul says we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14.

What was the spiritual status of Gentiles under Israel’s Covenant, law-based program? :

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

1) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.
2) Strangers from the covenants of promise.

Gentiles in times past had no claim to Israel’s covenants of promise or the commonwealth of Israel – unless they prostelyzed to Judaism.

And yet there are people today who claim all of Israel’s promises and make covenants with Almighty God.

Grace means God’s unmerited favour upon mankind – unmerited means it’s undeserving.  How is His unmerited favour expressed?  In the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.  It’s the object of my faith.  All we need to believe in order to be saved and heaven bound is to believe how that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again for our justification. Romans 4:25.

Since His grace is unmerited or undeserving – we cannot work for our salvation; we cannot work ourselves into heaven. All we can and must  do is believe His payment for our sins on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.

Justification means being declared holy or righteous in the eyes of God. It’s what He did, not what we can do or have done.

Once we have believed the gospel we receive God’s imputed righteousness – Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16

Once you belief what Christ did for you and you rightly divide the Word of Truth – you will finally understand God’s plan and purpose for your life, and you will also understand the Bible. It will all make sense to you.

Thank you for reading my blog.  My prayer is for you to be saved and come unto the knowledge of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4.  Because eternity matters.

Whoever you are, no matter what you’ve done, irrespective of your ethnicity, race or disposition in this world….

God’s will for you life is to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth – 1 Timothy 2:4.

No matter if you have murdered someone, had an abortion, robbed a bank, taken drugs, or as still taking drugs – Christ died for all your sins, He was buried, and rose again on the 3rd day for your justification.

If you believe that, you are saved for eternity, reconciled to God.  You are no longer a sinner.  Your spirit is saved, i.e., your innerman.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is the gospel that saves your eternal soul.

Romans 4:25 – tells you He rose from the dead for your justification.

No-one is or can be too bad to be saved – it’s the reason why Christ died, to save you from the consequences of those sins which is an eternity in hell.

Salvation is simple.  There is nothing you can do to save your soul.    The only thing that saves you is faith in Christ’s full payment for your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

You are justified by faith alone – Romans 3:28.   Justified means you are declared holy in the eyes of God.   If God sees you as justified by faith why do you then need to do good works in order to save yourself?

God made salvation easy, religion complicates it and changes it.

 

WHAT R.I.P MEANS TO A MID-ACTS DISPENSATIONALIST (OR SHOULD MEAN TO A MID-ACTS DISPENSATIONALIST)

Off topic, first off – I’ve reconciled with my older sister after 16 years of not talking to each other.  I got this message from her yesterday:

“I LOVE YOU……… YOU ARE, AND WILL ALWAYS BE MY BABY SISTER……. THAT BOND CAN’T AND WILL NEVER BE BROKEN, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER WHAT OR WHERE….. IF YOU NEED ME, I’M JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY!!!!!!!!”


Back on topic :

it isn’t politically correct today to say someone is in hell, neither is it politically correct to say someone is hell-bound.  In these politically correct times we’re living in, absolutely no-one lands up in hell (according to their beliefs), especially if they profess religiosity in some shape or form.  In this post I’m specifically referring to those of the “they loved Jesus” persuasion, hence “they are in heaven now, good people who are angels, looking down on their friends/relatives, smiling, at peace….”  No-one wants to admit that it could well be the opposite…..

A few months ago I had dealings with people of a certain “christian” persuasion, folk who I personally liken to those the Apostle Paul encountered, the ones who prayed to or who worshipped THE UNKNOWN GOD (Acts 17).  They do not know Him, because if they did, they would believe the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 alone for their salvation and be followers of the Apostle Paul as he was a follower of the ascended Christ.  Followers of Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25-27).

I liken and am totally convinced that their so-called church buildings are nothing other than heathen temples, like the one to the goddess Diana mentioned in Acts 19.  There is nothing Christian about mainline, institutionalised denominationalism.  They worship another Jesus and are totally devoid of the gospel that saves men’s eternal souls.

These temples have altars, and those who frequent them are highly superstitious.  These people believe that one’s words have power over one’s life (word of faith), they “talk things into existence”.  The times I was reprimanded for being “negative” – I’ve lost count of.  My tail feathers were permanently ruffled when I sat in a Pentecostal heathen temple.  “How dare you tell me I am negative when it’s quite obvious you are totally out of touch with reality”.

The goddess Diana as mentioned in Acts 19, was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and nature.  What does mainline, institutionalised, denominational “christianity” do?   They predict the annual occurrence of Easter (Ishtar), one of their major pagan/heathen celebrations by the phases of the moon.

What do they also believe?  In climate change – nature, under the ruse of being “good stewards, protecting God’s creation until His kingdom comes to fruition”.  Show me ONE denomination who doesn’t uphold the theory of climate change.  They all fall in line with the wordly status quo.

I recall sitting in a heathen Pentecostal temple many years ago and the preacher said that the Roman Catholics had it right when they venerated Mary to god-like status, and that we would do will in doing the same.   Diana was known as the VIRGIN goddess of chidlbirth and women.  So does it come as any surprise that women in heathen denominational temples are venerated to Pastoral status?  Joyce Meyer anyone?

The tragedy of it all is that mainline, institutionalised, denominational ‘christianity IS seen as fundamental christianity today.  The name and the belief system has been hijacked, wrested out of context and is totally warped, it is like any other religion out there – it upholds a performance based  set of beliefs.  It is all about YOU, what YOU can achieve, what YOU can do – all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  YOU become a god and YOU decide and choose how YOUR EARTHLY LIFE  will be.  It’s not eternity minded, it is fleshly minded.

Heathens, with the help of the god of this world have hijacked Christianity. It is heathens who are telling people to repent of their sin, it is heathens telling people to change their lifestyles in order to be acceptable to the unknown God, it is heathens telling people to love Jesus (who is another Jesus), it is heathens who are telling people to tithe in order to make a living and be “blessed” – all in the name of Christ.

Anyway, back to the fact that I had dealings with so-called christians of a certain denominational persuasion, whose gospel is “love Jesus” and “be kind, fellowship with people of the same persuasion” in order to gain salvation, as well as to maintain it.   This is done purely to gain the world’s acceptance, to prove that you ARE saved and on the right road to MAINTAINING your “salvation”.

There was a woman by the name of Janet who was 48 years old, an ex drug addict so-called, obviously not saved.   Suffered from bipolar disorder.   I tried my best to be this woman’s friend in order to preach the gospel to her for her to be saved, but her associations and ties got in the way.    It’s a tragic story.   She tried to get out of the negative circumstances she had created for herself, but went from a bad to worse, or actually maintained the same spiritual status.   She was told to love Jesus and be a good person.  She died unexpectedly on Sunday morning.  For months she had been complaining about a hiatus hernia, but it was ignored and put down to  being inconsequential.   Who would’ve thought that at 48 she would’ve died?  That’s the mistake we all make, “she’s young, she’s got a good few more years to be saved.”  Big mistake.   Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.

Anyway, this woman turned her back on me, I became persona non-grata in her books, she blatantly ignored me and saw me as the enemy.   I often wonder what she must be thinking now, yes, because she is still alive, but in the wrong place, and she has come to the realisation that she was fleeced and lied to.   Janet claimed she had a discerning spirit.  But she now realises it was all a lie.

Her mentor’s words were :  “R.I.P Janet……..”

But the bible tells  me Janet isn’t resting in peace.  One only has to read Luke 16 to verify this.   It gives us a look into the holding cell of hell, I call it a holding cell because its inmates are awaiting judgment, whereafter they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.   It is described as being hot,  the rich man is thirsty, he is suffering, and he wants to be released in order to tell his family that what they believe is wrong and will land up in the same predicament as him.

R.I.P is for the living, not the dead, so are tombstones and obituaries, they are there to make the living feel good about their loved ones death.

People do not realise that when they die (of natural causes) or commit suicide and they do not believe the gospel, they will be exchanging an average of 80 years of suffering on this earth for suffering that lasts for eternity.

Logic :

Would you trade an average of 80 years of suffering on this earth for an eternity of suffering, being separated from God instead of trusting Christ’s payment for your sins and living in eternal glory, being reconciled to God?

Don’t let your pride, ignorance and “preacher” stand in your way.  These things won’t be able to get you out of hell one day.  The choice/decision you make TODAY about believing the gospel of Christ will decide where you spend eternity.

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift

2 Corinthians 5:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

The Gospel that saves men’s souls

Sole belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: