SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW

December 13, 2016

Well, I have not written anything for a while.

This election has caused a disruption of my thoughts. It has not changed my thoughts, but when I tried to convey my thoughts to you my mind goes in one direction and then in another!

I have had many ideas that I probably have written for your consideration, but my thoughts have always returned to Romans 13:1 and why do my brothers not believe it.

I can only say this about this form of government. If I believed in this government then I could not believe Romans 13:1. This government, this world, says that we choose the president and God says He does. I believe Him, not the world, and it should not, does not make any difference to me if the whole world believes man appoints the authorities.

That was something old now here is something new.

We all wait for the second coming of the Son of God, but do you not see that He has already come and He does rule now? We should be waiting for the third coming! Aw, but He does not come for us, when He comes the third time! He comes to judge the world, but we are not of the world (many verses, you look them up this time).

Scripture states that Christ will reign for a thousand years and those who were/are of the first resurrection will reign with Him, and then Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth. (Rev 20:6-8)

The first resurrection occurred when Jesus died on the cross (Mat 27:52&53). And a thousand years sometimes means only a long time; not exactly a thousand (Psa 90:4).

Jesus came back at Pentecost. He came the first time to obey and establish a way for God’s children to be saved. He came and comes the second time, in love, to teach and guide God’s children. He will come a third time to punish those who refuse to become God’s children.

The Holy Spirit, which is the Son of God, rules me. I am not a very good subject, but Christ is my King and He lives within me, to teach and guide me. He does not rule like any king of this world. However, without a doubt, He is my King and He rules over me and I am greatly blessed because I want Him to do so.

I do not wait for the physical return of Jesus, because it will be a time of great distress (Mat 24:21) and as a Christian I try to live by the two greatest commandments (Love my God, with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love my neighbor as myself). I do not want great distress for myself and so I do not wish distress on others. That said, it will be a time of joy for God’s children. So, I am torn between joy for myself and distress for others.

Is not Jesus your King as well as mine? Listen to Him and let Him reign in your life.


MY WALK WITH GOD

March 10, 2016

I do not usually write about myself, but I have reached a point in my quest for understanding that I believe it is necessary to explain how I reached this point.

When I was very young my mother sent me to church every Sunday. I only had to attend what we called Sunday school. I did not stay for the regular church service, because it was not required by my parents. They did not attend, because my father was not a believer and he wanted my mother to be home, to prepare his breakfast. So, I was taught some understanding of the Bible.

When I reached an age that I could rebel and stop attending Sunday school I did.

Much later in life I began to wonder if there really was a God and I started to listen to sermons on the radio while I was driving. There was a radio station that actually read from the Bible, but it stopped, probably because there was no money in/for it.

One program invited anyone that listened to attend the regular church service and I thought it a good idea, so I began to attend.

It seemed as though every sermon was directed to me. God was using the preacher to reach me and I came to the conclusion that I should be baptized.

After I was baptized the sermons no longer seemed directed specifically at me. I know now that it was because I had been given the Holy Spirit to teach me all things and I no longer need a man to teach me. (John 2:27) Actually the preacher did not teach me anything, but convinced me that I needed to repent and be baptized.

Then a very enthusiastic prophecy teacher came to the church that I was attending and I attended every one of his sermons. If I remember correctly he gave a sermon everyday for four days and at the end of the last one he could barely speak. His enthusiasm was contagious. I had not even considered the Old Testament and the teacher’s words and understanding amazed me.

This started me on my quest to understand everything about God and His Word that I could. I told my Father that I wanted to know everything and asked Him to teach me everything. At that time I did not know that He had already given me The Teacher to do just that!

I have head my brothers indicate and even say they do not want to know everything! To that I can only say, “What a complete waste of the gift of the Holy Spirit.” If God did not want us to know everything, He would not have given us a Teacher to teach us everything.

Now, hold on to your hats, because I am about to say something that you have never heard before and if you are not patient you will stop listing and you may not understand what I am about to say.

When I was only a man, before I was baptized, my beginnings could be traced back to Adam and from Adam to dust. Now, dust is only a nice way of saying dirt. But when I was baptized God planted His Seed in me. It was only a Seed and unless it grows it will not be the mature Seed that He wants.

When a seed is planted it should be watered and I was born of the water and the Spirit. (John 3:5&6)

Any seed needs good ground in order to mature and even bad ground can become good if it is fertilized. The Word of God is the only nutrient that a Spiritual plant will accept and I have continued to ingest the Word and the Spirit that lives in me and is part of me has grown. At the same time the dirt that was me has been replaced with the Spirit; the Spirit has increased and the dirt has decreased.

One day, in the near future, my Father is going to harvest me. He is going to lift me up and brush away the remaining dirt from me and I will be the spirit that He has wanted since the time He made me. I will be like Jesus (1Peter 2:4&5).

The first time I was born, I was born a human being and I was called a man. The second time I was born I was born of the Spirit. (John 4:24) If I was called a man, because I was born from man, then what would you call me if I was born from God? Would you call me a god? God does call me a god (Psalms 82 & John 10:34&35). The Word of God has come to me and I am a god.

That is not to say there is more than one God. The one God is in me and that makes me a child of the one God and therefore a god, but it does not make me God.

Daniel asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” and he was told, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.”

This is the time of the end and the Word is no longer sealed. Now we can know all things. That is if you believe that you can. After all you were given the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, so believe that you can and search all things out.


THIS CHRISTIAN AND THE 4TH OF JULY

June 9, 2015

I say “this” Christian, because I am, and can, only speak for myself.

I was born a citizen of the United States. I was raised to believe this Country was a gift from God. That we were a free Country, not under a king, dictator, or any ruler, but ruled by all of the people. The home of the brave, where we chose those to guide and lead us and if we were not satisfied with them, we should vote them out of office and someone else in.

This all sounded pretty good to me. It was what I wanted to hear and to believe!

However, I began to explore the question of “Is there really a God”. I found the same answer as anyone, who will ponder “truthfully” that question. I say “truthfully”, because many think about it with the goal of attempting to prove there is no God.

When I finally reached the point where I had to admit to myself that there has to be a God, I knew that I was dead to God, because of all my sins. The proper thing to do with a dead body is to bury it. So, I allowed someone to bury me in the water of baptism. When I came up out of that water the Holy Spirit was a part of me and because the Spirit of God cannot die, I cannot die. That is to really die, as this body will perish, but I will not die.

I am a new being. I was a six, the same number as Satan, but God added one to me and I became a seven, the number of completeness. The one, that He added, is the Holy Spirit.

Now, all my brothers should already know this, but they do not seem to understand why God gave us His Spirit. The answer is to teach us all things (John 14:26), but my brothers do not ask the Spirit about all things. That is all things about God, not all things about this universe. Questions about this universe are not important, as this universe will pass away.

I said this so you might understand that I only listen to God now. I question everything that this world tells me, using Scripture as the ultimate reference of truth.

The world told me that this Country was a gift from God, but when I read Romans 13:1&2, I reached a different conclusion.

I was told, when I was a child, that if you want to understand as someone else understands then “put yourself in their shoes”. In other words try to see things as they do.

So, I read Romans 13:1&2 as if I lived in Pennsylvania and the year was 1775, and the verse clearly said, do not rebel against the king, because God had appointed him and if I rebelled against him I was actually rebelling against God Himself.

I know Scripture said the same thing to the Founding Fathers as it says to me, because they had the same Bible that I have.

Now, this year, I will not attend Church on the 28th of June and the 5th of July, because one of those days the Church, that I attend, will celebrate rebellion against God. And they do not even know that they are!

I understand, so I will not participate. I have tried to explain to my brothers, but iron cannot sharpen iron and so I cannot sharpen them. They will not ask God if this Country is a gift from Him and then read His Word for the answer, but they will ask each other the same question; and believe the answer of their fellow man!

At first I was angered by their refusal to understand, but now I am deeply hurt by it. My brothers are lukewarm, just as Revelation says the last Church will be. They believe what they want to believe and hire preachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim 4:3), just as Scripture says. They are in great danger and do not, will not, see it.

I am to the point of tears, as I write this. I was taught not to cry for myself. It is a form of self pity and only reinforces the pity. But the sadness that I am feeling is not for myself, but for my brothers.

Please brothers, wake up, this Church is the Church of Laodicea. The last Church spoken of in Revelation; the last Church in time. It is lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. It has one foot in the world and one foot in Heaven and it doesn’t put forth the effort to understand.

If you think your attitude brings me to tears, what do you think it does to our Heavenly Father, that we celebrate rebellion against Him: and even in the very house that we claim is His!


THE TRINITY RECONCILED!

November 25, 2014

First, I must state my disclaimer. I am not a teacher. Also, I am no genius or one with any unusual gift. I am only one who keeps asking our Father questions, because I want to understand everything that He has given us through His Word.

I know that there is no question that He will not answer, because He has revealed this to us through John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. We do not have to be anyone that is more special than anyone else. Anyone, that has accepted Jesus as Savior and been baptized, has the Holy Spirit to teach them all things: just as the verse states.

Now, I will make a bold statement. I understand the Trinity and you can also. I am going to try to convey my understanding to you and I am going to try to answer your questions: any question about the Trinity. However, I know that many have tried to piece together the verses that seem to say there is more than one God with the verses that state there is only one and have invented ways to explain what they thought they read.

in•vent (¹n-vµnt“) tr.v. in•vent•ed, in•vent•ing, in•vents. 1. To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination. 2. To make up; fabricate (American Heritage Dictionary)

I am not condemning anyone for the concept of a Trinity. If I were to do so, I would be condemning myself, as I too tried to use my imagination to explain and reconcile verses that I did not yet understand.

There is only one restriction that I feel I must impose on those that have a question. I will only attempt to answer one question from any one person. I cannot change anyone’s mind and if they believe strongly in three Gods it will take much study to unlearn man’s ideas. The Trinity is not in God’s Word, so it has to be from man: man’s idea, not God’s.

i•de•a (º-d“…) n. 1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity. 2. An opinion, a conviction, or a principle (American Heritage Dictionary)

One more thing, this will sound odd to you, because it is a new and different way to view the Trinity. So, before you discount it, think about it.

The Trinity consists of God and His two witnesses. The witnesses are not God, but they are not like us.

The first witness is the Holy Spirit. He is called wisdom, because he is the wisdom of God. He was born before the earth was made (Prov 8:26). Now, stop and then read the eighth chapter of Proverbs and compare what is said about this wisdom, spoken of, to the Holy Spirit. You will find wisdom is the Holy Spirit, sent to teach us all things. Not God, but the spiritual son of God.

Yes, there are two sons. One purely of the Spirit, having no father or mother (Melchizedek) (Heb 7:3), and one son of man; having both earthly father (David) (2Sam 7:12-16) and mother (Mary)

These two are the two witnesses and the two High Priests that are Priests forever.

The verses that confuse are those which use the plural word when God is speaking in Geneses and where Jesus says, (John 8:58 NIV) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

God is speaking to Melchizedek in Geneses 3:22 and Jesus was only saying what his Father told him to say (John 12:50), therefore it was God that was before Abraham. Because the Spirit was with Jesus at that time, it could also be said by the Spirit: “before Abraham I am”.

Do you see how consistent our Father is? He had a helper (the Holy Spirit, suitable for Him), so He gave man a helper!
(Gen 2:18 NIV) The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

I think that I have given you enough to help you understand. However, I will try to answer your questions, but remember, only one at a time. Also, I am slow to answer, because some questions take time to think about and then I am getting older (actually I like to think of it as getting more mature) and that slows one down.